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UPDATE: Man gets prison time for stealing more than $12,000 worth of tools from Confluence site

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- One of two men accused of stealing more than $12,000 worth of tools from the Pablo Center at the Confluence construction site will serve time behind bars.

Judge William Gabler sentenced Shawn Lanier to six months in jail on Friday. After that, he will be on probation for four years and must pay restitution. 

Lanier and Cole Halvorson were arrested last November after a Lake Hallie police officer saw suspicious activity at a self-storage unit and found stolen tools inside.

Halvorson returns to court May 21.

January 2018

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Two men face charges of stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools from the Confluence Arts Center construction site. 

Shawn Lanier, from Eau Claire, was charged with 12 counts Wednesday, Cole Halvorson, of Independence, faces six counts. The charges include burglary and theft.

News 18 previously reported the two were arrested when a Lake Hallie police officer noticed suspicious activity at a self-storage unit and found dozens of stolen tools inside. The office also found methamphetamine paraphernalia.

The two are accused of stealing those tools during break-ins in October and November at the Confluence Project construction site. 

The stolen tools are valued at more than $12,000.

November 2017

Lake Hallie (WQOW) - Two men have been arrested in Lake Hallie for stealing property among other charges.

On Nov. 4 around 10:30 p.m., an officer observed suspicious activity taking place at the Lake Hallie Self Storage located at 11174 18th Avenue.

A vehicle was parked next to an open storage unit. Another officer responded to assist, and then both officers made contact with two men at the storage unit. While speaking with the men, officers saw dozens of power tools and police believed that the items were likely stolen.

One of the subjects, Cole Halvorson, 34, from Independence, was hiding in the top area of the storage unit. He was the renter of the unit. Halvorson had an active warrant from Eau Claire, and was arrested.

The second person, Shawn M Lanier, 36, from Eau Claire, was also arrested, and charged with possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, obstructing an officer and a probation hold.

Officers obtained a search warrant and seized over $10,000 worth of power tools and equipment. Both men will now each face an additional charge of receiving stolen property greater than $10,000.

The Lake Hallie Police Department is working with area agencies in an attempt to locate the locations where these items were stolen from.

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