UPDATE: The two men suspected of stealing an autographed Michael Jordan jersey from a little girl with a life-threatening disease now face criminal charges.
Michael Tenney and Ryan Weiss, both of Eau Claire, face felony burglary charges in Dunn County.
They're accused of stealing dozens of antiques and collectibles including the jersey and numerous gold coins, from a home in November. Tenney had been hired to clean up the home after a fire. When questioned by detectives, the two blamed each other for the thefts.
An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Tenney. Weiss will be in court next month.
The Star Tribune reported last month Michael Jordan heard about the stolen jersey, and sent a replacement to the family.
Dunn County (WQOW)- Dunn County officials said two men have been arrested after a burglary, where one of the items stolen was a gift from the Make a Wish Foundation.
Police said Ryan Weiss and Michael Tenney, both from Eau Claire, were arrested. Police said a family was displaced after a structure fire in early October. When the family returned in November, one family members said they saw two men looting the home.
Among the items stolen was a number 45 Michael Jordan jersey. It was signed through the Make a Wish Foundation for the homeowner's six-year-old daughter who was suffering from a life threatening disease.
The Dunn County Sheriff's Office says that Jordan has personally replaced that jersey, sending a new one to the family.
Posted: November 13, 2017
Dunn County (Press Release) - The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is requesting your assistance in recovering items which were taken in a burglary at a residence.
On October 11, 2017 a structure fire occurred, in the Township of Rock Creek. It displaced the family.
In the early morning hours of November 2nd, 2017 a family member arrived at the residence to discover two unknown male subjects with a vehicle behind the residence. When asked what they were doing, they stated they were “looting the house.” They then left the residence with a garbage can full of items.
One item taken from the residence, and believed to have been sold by the suspect(s), is a signed red #45 Michael Jordan Jersey. This item is particularly valuable to the family as it was signed for their six-year-old daughter who was suffering from a life threatening disease through the “Make a Wish Foundation.”
As a result of follow up investigation one male subject was taken into custody. This investigation continues.
Anyone recently purchasing this item or having information on it is asked to contact the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office or anonymously at dunncocrimestoppers.com.