WASHBURN COUNTY -- Criminal charges have been filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Joshua and Amanda Thompson following an investigation into a report of a suspicious vehicle seen at a residence in Spooner, WI.
On April 3, 2021, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. A witness reported that a van with damage to the front end had been seen at the property. A man and a woman were also observed moving around on the property, and then a short time later the van was seen leaving abruptly. A witness was able to provide the license plate number that was seen on the van.
Law enforcement observed what appeared to be fresh vehicle tracks entering and exiting the property. An entrance door on the garage had been pried open and the hasp screws were no longer connected to the door.
The owner of the property confirmed that numerous power tools and hunting supplies were missing from the garage. The doors on two other outbuildings had been pried open, however, nothing was reported missing from those buildings.
The van seen at the property was found to be registered to Joshua Thompson, listed as residing in Chetek, WI. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office advised the Barron County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for the van.
Shortly before 5:30p on April 3, 2021, the Barron County Sheriff’s Office advised Washburn County Sheriff’s Office that they had located the van in the City of Barron with a male and female inside, identified as Joshua and Amanda Thompson, who matched the descriptions of the man and woman seen at the property in Washburn County.
Inside the van, law enforcement observed items matching the descriptions of missing items that had been provided by the owner of the Washburn County property, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court. Amanda declined to speak with law enforcement. Joshua told law enforcement that he was moving to the area and the items in the van belonged to him.
Washburn County Sheriff’s Office obtained and executed a search warrant on the van, and the items found in the van were identified by the victim as belonging to them, according to the criminal complaint.
Law enforcement also located multiple gem bags inside the van containing methamphetamine along with multiple syringes and a bubble pipe which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Joshua and Amanda are each charged with Class F Felony Burglary; Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property; and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Online circuit court records show that at a hearing on April 5, 2021, the Court placed both Joshua and Amanda on $2,500 signature bail bonds. They are both scheduled to appear again in May 2021.
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