POLK COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced John Thatcher, of Star Prairie, WI, for his conviction of garage burglaries committed in Clear Lake, WI in February 2019.

DrydenWire.com reported in February 2019 that Thatcher was facing felony charges for break-ins and burglaries that were committed in Clear Lake, WI.

John Thatcher


Items that were reported stolen were later pawned by Thatcher in Minnesota; leading to his arrest. Thatcher told investigating officers that he went to Clear Lake to collect scrap to sell so that he could bail his girlfriend out of jail. While executing a search warrant at Thatcher’s residence, Officers also discovered meth and drug paraphernalia.

Thatcher was charged with Class F Felony Burglary-Building or Dwelling, two counts of Misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property, Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. These charges were filed against Thatcher with a Repeat Offender penalty enhancer.

Online circuit court records show that on July 17, 2020 the Court sentenced Thatcher for a conviction of his charge of Burglary, with the Repeat Offender enhancer dropped. The remaining charges against Thatcher were dismissed but read in at a hearing in May 2020.

The Court ordered 2 years of probation for Thatcher with 6 months of conditional jail time; subject to work release. As a condition of probation, Thatcher was ordered to undergo an alcohol and other drug assessment, and pay nearly $300.00 in fines. Thatcher was also ordered to show a good faith effort at obtaining a GED; and he is prohibited from possessing any controlled substances without a prescription.

Tanya Coen


During the investigation, Officers also discovered that Tanya Coen was residing with Thatcher. She was charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine (Party to a Crime), Class H Felony Bail Jumping, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Party to a Crime).

Coen was sentenced to one year of probation for a reduced conviction of Misdemeanor Possess Amphetamine at a hearing in March 2019. The remaining charges were dismissed.

Coen is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2020 on charges still pending in a separate case filed against her in Polk County Circuit Court in September 2018 for Class H Felony Operating While Intoxicated 4th Offense, Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Class H Felony Operate With Restricted Controlled Substance 4th Offense, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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