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UPDATE: Police identify suspect in theft of cash from area Wal-Marts


Rice Lake - UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Roy Gene Ramsey, 46, of San Antonio, Texas.

It is believed Ramsey may have also stolen money from the Beloit Wal-Mart and a Wal-Mart in Ottawa, Il.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


Rice Lake (Press Release) - On Thursday, January 10, 2013 at approximately 8:10 p.m. the Rice Lake police were summoned to the local Wal-Mart Super Store on the southwest side of the city on a reported theft.

Upon arrival officers spoke to the loss prevention department and were advised of the following:

Loss prevention was alerted by the sporting goods department that their cash register drawer was missing. Upon reviewing the store's security system it was discovered that at approximately 7:11 p.m. an unidentified male wearing a red and gray scarf over his face entered the store and was later observed on store security cameras entering the sporting goods department. The suspect was then seen popping open the cash register with a utility-type tool and removing cash from the drawer.

The suspect then entered the automotive department where he was seen opening the cash register in the same way. THis time removing the entire cash drawer which was later located in a different area of the store with the cash missing.

During the course of the investigation, officers had been contacted by a Ladysmith police officer and made aware that a suspect matching the same description had just fled the Wal-Mart store on foot in the City of Ladysmith and entered a wooded area. The suspect was not located and remains at large.

At this point in the investigation the amount of cash missing from the Rice Lake store is undetermined.

The description of the suspect and suspect's vehicle is as follows:

Suspect is described as a white male, wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket, camouflage baseball cap, red and gray scarf and gloves

Vehicle is described as a 2006 Ford Focus, tan in color, with Vermont plate #FSY-484

The Rice Lake Police Department continues to work jointly with the Ladysmith Police Department on this investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rice Lake Police Department at (715) 234-2116.

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