An Eau Claire teen will spend 18 months in prison and 10 years on probation for a series of residential burglaries and a drug offense.
During the burglaries, authorities said Gavin M. Potter stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of items, including firearms.
Potter, 18, 3210 McElroy St., pleaded no contest this week in Eau Claire County Court to three felony counts of burglary and felony counts of possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle, bail jumping and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Judge Jon Theisen fined Potter $3,307 and ordered him to pay $4,385 in restitution.
As a condition of probation, Potter cannot have contact with the victims.
According to the criminal complaint in the burglary case:
A house in the 2200 block of Vienna Terrace was burglarized Oct. 6, 2017. Entrance was gained by cutting a window screen in the garage.
A rifle, two laptop computers, a purse and jewelry were taken.
A house in the 900 block of East Fillmore Avenue was burglarized Nov. 8, 2017. Entrance was gained by breaking a door knob.
Items taken included a cellphone and video games.
A house in the 5500 block of Sindelar Drive in the town of Washington was burglarized Dec. 1.
A gun, gun case, video game system components, shoes and clothing were taken.
A residence on Mitchell Road in the town of Brunswick was burglarized on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1. Entrance was gained by breaking a bedroom window.
Items taken included a television, camera, three handguns, concealable body armor vest and numerous items of jewelry valued at $75,000.
Potter was identified as a suspect.
Authorities executed a search warrant at Potter’s residence on Feb. 12.
They seized multiple items of jewelry, three handguns, body armor, a television and several other firearms. Most of the items were identified as stolen property.
Authorities also found marijuana, drug pipes and other drug paraphernalia in Potter’s bedroom.
Potter was free on signature bonds for two ongoing 2017 felony cases in Eau Claire County. A condition of the bonds included committing no new crimes.