A Necedah man faces theft and bail jumping charges after allegedly stealing from the money till at the AmericInn Hotel in New Lisbon.
Jared Wilkey, 35, is charged with four counts of felony bail jumping, possession of burglarious tools, entry into a locked coin box, misdemeanor theft, and criminal damage to property. He faces up to six years imprisonment for the first charge.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Oct. 13, a Juneau County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the AmericInn hotel in New Lisbon after a reported theft. At the hotel, the deputy met with the front desk employee who informed her that the locked money till had been broken into and about $300 had been taken from it.
The employee showed the deputy video footage of a male subject, later identified as Wilkey. In the video, Wilkey walked into the AmericInn, grabbed a paperclip from the vacant front desk and picked his teeth with it before climbing over the countertop. Wilkey then proceeded to open the cash till with a screwdriver and “possibly a wrench.” Wilkey then put the cash in his sweatshirt pocket, took a magazine, and left the building.
The deputy took the paperclip, screwdriver and wrench as evidence.
That same day, a sheriff’s deputy met with an employee at a nearby Travel Mart. She stated that she had been mopping when she saw Wilkey behind the fuel desk and yelled at him. Wilkey then left, but returned again at 2:00 am to play the Cherry Master’s gambling machine.
On Oct. 16, an AmericInn employee told the deputy that she had been at Wonderley’s bar one Oct. 12 when Wilkey came in and sat beside her. He then attempted to sell her an iPhone 8 for $200, which she declined.
When her AmericInn manager showed her the video footage of the theft that had taken place, she identified the man in the video as Wilkey.
Wilkey’s actions violated the terms of his bond for previous crimes, resulting in four charges of felony bail jumping.
Wilkey is not currently in the Juneau County jail. He is scheduled for a telephone appearance with the Columbia County courthouse on Feb. 2.