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Arrests made in major Midwest Wal-Mart theft ring

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Portage Police Department have made two arrests in a major theft ring from the Midwest. 

The suspects, Jennifer Wolfe, age 27, and Jeremiah Sisk, age 30, are from Colorado, but most recently were living in Madison.

The pair are believed to have committed more than 100 thefts from various Wal-Mart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.  It is estimated the two have stolen more than $100,000 worth of electronics.

Officers say the Portage Wal-Mart store was the latest target of attempted theft Tuesday morning.  Management states two suspects tried to steal electronics by cutting off the security tags and leaving the store without paying.  Store employees were able to obtain a license plate number and called law enforcement.  The vehicle's plates were stolen from Illinois.  A short time after the theft, a detective with Columbia County saw the vehicle, and both suspects were taken into custody.

Both Wolfe and Sisk were arrested for felony theft, possession of marijuana and possession of stolen property.  They are being held in the Columbia County Jail and are expected to appear in court November 12.

Detectives from Columbia County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Portage Police Department are working with dozens of other law enforcement agencies around the Midwest in hopes of clearing many of these thefts.

The FBI has been contacted for their involvement, as the suspects had been crossing state lines while committing their crimes.  Federal authorities will determine if federal prosecution is appropriate.

Investigators say Wolfe and Sisk are admitted heroin addicts and have been stealing the electronics to support their heroin addiction.

It is believed the two acted alone.  The Sheriff's Office has sent out a Wisconsin Crime Alert to notify other law enforcement agencies about this case.

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