Camping trip canceled

On Aug. 25 around 12:45 p.m., camping gear belonging to a Menomonie resident was stolen from outside his apartment.

The man contacted the Menomonie Police Department around 2:50 p.m. to report the theft in the 2100 block of Hillview Drive. The man told police he was preparing to go camping and placed two sleeping bags and one Eureka Mountain Pass three person tent outside. After heading back into the house to gather more supplies, he returned outside approximately 15 minutes later to find the gear was gone.

There are no known suspects and the cost of the stolen equipment is estimated at $460.

Bear gets farmer's goats

When a Boyceville farmer found two of her goats dead in her pen in an apparent predator attack, she contacted the DNR.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Department responded to the complaint to 3600 block of East 1100th Avenue in Boyceville just after 9 a.m. on Aug. 31. The farmer told the deputy she saw one of her goats behaving oddly that morning and, upon investigating, discovered the two deceased goats.

The deputy located several sets of bear tracks and black fur that appeared to be from a bear.

Boat slip break-in

A boat slip located in the 200 block of First Avenue East in Menomonie was reported to have been broken sometime at the end of August.

The president of the boat landing association contacted the Menomonie police on Aug. 25 around 1 p.m. to report the break in, which included damage to a wooden door (valued at $300) and the theft of various types of alcohol ($90). The owner of the boat was contacted and informed police she knew of the incident, but didn't know exactly when the break in occurred. She added that several expensive waterskiiing items were left untouched.

Work-from-home iTunes scam

A Menomonie resident fell victim to an iTunes gift card scam on Aug. 30 and contacted the Menomonie police the next day after suspicions arose regarding an incident involving a work-from-home scam.

The woman told police that in the beginning of August she received an e-mail from Northern Shell Media about a work from home gig that could earn her up to $350 a week. After responding to the e-mail, she received a second e-mail indicating she was hired. On Aug. 24, she received a check in the mail for $2950 and was instructed to deposit the check into her bank account.

A hold was not put on the check, which gave her immediate access to the funds. She made numerous withdrawals and purchased $1700 worth of iTunes gift cards. After being instructed to take photos of the gift card's 16-digit number and text the photo to a number provided, she was contacted by her bank informing her the check deposited was fake and that she was now responsible for the overdraft.

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Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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