By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — An area theft ring appears to have grown wider.
Two men from Boyceville and Ridgeland charged in connection with items stolen from A-Z Auto & Truck Salvage & Recycling Center on state Highway 29 near Elk Mound face additional charges of stealing more than $60,000 in items from construction sites in Chippewa County along with charges of burglary and credit card fraud of more than $10,000 in Dunn County.
Miles J. Gloss, 44, Boyceville, was arrested in Colfax last December after fleeing on foot from a police officer.
During a court hearing in April, Gloss pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary related to items stolen from A-Z Auto & Truck Salvage & Recycling Center and agreed to testify against others implicated in the burglary. The charges associated with fleeing the Colfax police officer were dismissed.
At one point, court records listed Gloss’s address as High Street in Colfax.
One of the men implicated in the thefts from A-Z Auto & Truck Salvage was Ryan Hobbick of Ridgeland.
Current court records now list Hobbick’s address as Menomonie.
Gloss and Hobbick face additional multiple felony charges of theft and burglary in Chippewa County in connection with thefts from businesses and construction sites totaling more than $60,000.
Gloss and Hobbick are scheduled for court appearances in Chippewa County on those charges in September.
Gloss also appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court in June on two felony counts of burglary along with various misdemeanor charges in connection with breaking into several homes in the Town of Dunn in May.
According to the criminal complaint, one woman who lives on 370th Avenue in the Town of Dunn came home on May 27 of this year and noticed her television set on the back patio when she went around the house to look for her dog.
Assuming that she had interrupted a burglary, the woman got into her vehicle, backed out onto the road and waited for law enforcement officers to arrive.
Sheriff’s deputies located a boot print west of the residence and made a cast of it.
On the same day, another woman living on 370th Avenue in the Town of Dunn reported that her dog had started barking, and when she looked down the hallway of her home, she saw a man in a black skull cap, black sweatshirt, black pants and black boots that had stepped into her home. The man fled on foot.
While deputies were responding to the second burglary, several other calls came in advising that a subject matching that description had been seen entering several trailer houses in River Villa.
Law enforcement officers set up a perimeter, began searching and eventually took Gloss into custody.
Credit card fraud
According to the criminal complaint, Hobbick is facing one count of credit card fraud of more than $10,000 in Dunn County in connection with a Menards card that was stolen during a burglary at Jenson Siding and Construction in Lake Hallie.
A search warrant was executed at the home of Ryan and Tiffany Hobbick in Ridgeland on December 15, 2014.
Law enforcement officers seized receipts from Menards totaling $5,377 in copper tubing and parts ordered from the Eau Claire Menards West; $3,896 in copper tubing and parts ordered from the Rice Lake Menards; $1,698 in furniture and personal products from Eau Claire Menards East; and a $2,000 Menards gift card that was ordered to be delivered to the Hobbick address in the name of Michael Johnson.
All together, more than $15,500 worth of online items were ordered from Menards, although according to records from Menards, $4,661 was returned or canceled for a total of $10,870.
According to the complaint, a pickup truck with a Minnesota license plate was assigned to a 1999 black Dodge Dakota Ryan Hobbick had purchased, and the vehicle was identified as the truck operated by Hobbick when he scrapped items at Northern Metal Recycling in Chippewa Falls last October.
Hobbick scrapped 529 pounds of “new brite” copper at Kadingers outside of Downing in November of 2014. Records from Kadingers indicate that the items were brought in a black Dodge Dakota bearing the same license number.
Menards surveillance video shows a truck known to be registered to Donald Charles picking up nearly $5,400 in merchandise from Menards West November 14, 2014, and that Ryan Hobbick appears to be present in the video, according to the complaint.
Hobbick scrapped 774 pounds of No. 1 copper at Northern Metal November 15 with a pickup truck registered to Donald Charles.
On November 13, 2014, a $766 order was made with the Menards card for building supplies, including a gallon of Pittsburg Paint called “Rose Mauve.”
A picture was located on the cell phones seized at the Hobbick residence showing this brand and color of paint being used to paint a room at the Hobbick residence, the complaint states.
Hobbick is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the credit card fraud charges in Dunn County on September 22.
Tiffany Hobbick also is charged with several felony counts of fraud against a financial institution in Dunn County and is scheduled to be arraigned in Dunn County Circuit Court October 26.
According to the complaint, a subpoena for documents from Mosaic Telcom indicates that the IP address used to make the online orders was the residential IP address assigned to the subscriber of Tiffany Hobbick.
Stevie Walls Sr., 52, and Stevie Walls Jr., 31, also were charged in connection with the thefts from A-Z Auto Salvage.
Court records indicate Menomonie addresses for Walls Sr. and Jr.
Court records previously listed addresses in Elk Mound and Boyceville for the two men.
Dunn County investigators learned that Walls Sr. had given stolen property to deputies while they were at his residence looking for Gloss.
Walls Sr. said he suspected the property was stolen from a place by Elk Mound and that Gloss had brought the items to his house.
Walls Sr. — who is charged with burglary, identity theft, obstructing an officer and bail jumping — said Gloss had brought a gun cabinet, a four-wheeler, a boat motor and numerous tools to his residence. Walls Sr. said Gloss and Hobbick had cut the lock off the junkyard gate and had replaced it with their own lock.
Walls Sr. also said that Gloss had recently sold a large tool box full of tools to a person identified as Charles Hettrick.
In addition, Walls Sr. told investigators that Gloss had said he was involved in the theft from the construction site in Lake Hallie.
Walls Sr. said, too, that Hobbick had taken the guns out of the gun cabinet.
Walls Sr. is scheduled for a court hearing in Dunn County September 22.
Walls Jr. is scheduled for court hearings in Dunn County later this month.