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EC man pleads to numerous burglaries

Complaint: Crimes committed inEau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek

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An Eau Claire man will be sentenced Oct. 24 for his role in numerous storage unit burglaries and residential thefts in Eau Claire, Altoona and Fall Creek.

Bradley J. Barnum, 37, pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to five felony counts of burglary. He also pleaded no contest to two unrelated felony counts of bail jumping and burglary.

Thirteen additional burglary counts were dismissed but may be considered at sentencing.

A pre-sentence investigation by the state Department of Corrections was ordered.

Barnum could be sentenced to up to 37 years in prison.

Co-defendant Travis J. Hagman, 37, of Eau Claire was sentenced to five years in prison in December.

Co-defendant Sean L. Weinfurtner, 25, of Curtiss is expected to enter a guilty or no contest plea in this case on Sept. 27.

Over several months in 2016, the Altoona, Eau Claire and Fall Creek police departments, along with the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office, investigated multiple storage unit and residential burglaries occurring in their jurisdictions.

A similar method was observed in many of the cases: A single storage unit was entered through a broken hinge or a cut lock, and the thieves then cut through walls to enter adjacent units.

Common items that were stolen included antiques; collectibles such as coins; jewelry; and other small items that could be easily transported.

According to the criminal complaint:

Nine storage units at Altoona Mini Storage Units on Fifth Street in Altoona were burglarized July 27, 2016.

During the course of their investigation, authorities learned Hagman engaged in those burglaries.

Among the items taken from those units were comic books, baseball cards and silver coins.

Weinfurtner and Hagman were implicated in the burglaries of three storage units at Fall Creek Mini Storage in Fall Creek on Aug. 18, 2016.

Collectible thimbles and video games were among the items taken.

Multiple items, including a stamp collection, were taken Aug. 17, 2016, from a storage unit at Lyden Mini Warehouse in Eau Claire.

Eighteen storage units at Adventure Storage on Kent Avenue in the town of Washington were burglarized on July 20, 2016.

Barnum and Hagman were implicated in those burglaries, where a large amount of coins were among the items taken.

Weinfurtner and Hagman were identified as suspects in the July 2016 burglaries at residences on Lowes Creek Road in the town of Washington and Kimberly Drive in Eau Claire.

Items taken from those homes included a guitar, jewelry, coins and video games.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com


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