Barron County Haven For Burglars

Barron County Haven For Burglars

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Crime Watcher

Rice Lake, WI

#1 Jun 18, 2011
Come to Barron County if you want to break into peoples homes, and not worry about getting caught. The county police are like Keystone cops. Deputy Kurt Beranek is like a bull in a China shop when it comes to evidence. He will tromp all over it, and not properly secure the evidence. Defense lawyers ought to like him. They have analog alarms to place in places of ongoing theft. However, these analog alarms don't work with the Counties new $3 million digital communication system; although, they are trying to rectify the problem. They don't even have lowjack systems to place on vehicles and such. So come to Barron County if you are a thief. No worries here mate about getting caught by the popo. There is a lot of theft going on in the county, but the police will not tell the residents about it. Even if the thieves get caught, they most like will get probation anyway.

Barron, WI

#2 Jun 18, 2011
Now thats a bunch of crap,They do all they can to catch thieves ,they even arrest people that have nothing to do with the theft.Ask me i know first hand.Dude you better be more worried obout losing your weapons,THIS POLICE STATE BULLCRAP IS WRONG!! Our own troops are going againts us none.taking our guns..DONT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS THERE BOGAS.
Statistically_Sp eaking

Rice Lake, WI

#3 Jun 23, 2011
Statistically speaking, property crime offenders have the highest reoffense rate of any crime type at about 50%. Even if they do get caught, all they will get is usually probation. Sounds like people who commit property crimes are dangerous to me.

I have talked with people in both Rusk and Barron counties, and they tell me their is plenty of theft going on. Some have had their places broke into numerous times by thieves.

Rice Lake, WI

#4 Jun 23, 2011
I like robbing homes in Barron County. The police are too stupid to catch me. Maybe I will get that big screen TV in the DA's home next.Her idiotic husband would just destroy the evidence anyway.

Rice Lake, WI

#5 Jun 23, 2011
The DA lives on Duke street if you have the balls troll. Just google her name if you are smart enough.

Montréal, Canada

#7 Feb 5, 2012
clearance rate in 2010 by BCSO only about 13% for burglary. If they are caught, they will get probation 65% of the time. Property crime in Barron County yielded a loss of a little over $1.6 million to residents. Recovery rate about 6%. Guess crime does pay. Wisconsin residents lost $29 million from burglary and over $137 million from property crime in 2010. See the 2010 Wisconsin crime report.


#8 Feb 7, 2012
Burglary Specialization Within a Parole Cohort: Criminal Lifestyle or Moonlighting?

Wright and Decker's study of burglars was based on findings from intensive interviews of active burglars derived through snowball sampling. This study found about 95 percent of the sample used burglary to meet a pressing need for cash. Holzman found burglars were essentially self-employed business persons who were semi-skilled and had few marketable job skills.

Almena, WI

#9 May 4, 2012
Hear ye, hear ye. By order of the Barron county courts:

Short of cash, rob thy neighbor.
Can't get a loan? Rob thy neighbor.

What's wrong with our court system? Burglary is profitable. All you get is probation. Just read the court record in the local papers. Burglars are getting probation with maybe a little jail time.

La Crosse, WI

#10 May 7, 2012
Cops are not much better in Rusk county either. They don't even take DNA samples even when DNA is present. I hear burglary is getting worse in northern Wisconsin. Sawyer county is even worse from what I hear.

La Crosse, WI

#11 May 7, 2012
look at these example sentences

Kevin S. McFarland, 47, of 2170 18 1/2 ave., Rice Lake, appeared in court March 26 for sentencing on a conviction of burglary. A charge of burglary-repeater on May 19 of the residence was dismissed, but read in.

Sentencing was withheld, and he was placed on 4 years probation with 4 months in Jail with work release.

McFarland must undergo AODA assessment and recommendations. He must not use or possess alcohol, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia nor enter establishments with a primary purpose of serving alcohol.

McFarland must participate in the Restorative Justice Programs. He must maintain full-time employment. McFarland must complete all evaluations, counseling, treatment, and follow-up recommended by his probation agent.

McFarland was convicted of burglarizing a machine shed in Barron County on May 13.

Thomas G. Becker, 35, of Prairie Farm appeared in court April 9 on a conviction of burglary party to a crime. Felony possessing a firearm and possessing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possessing drug paraphernalia charge were dismissed, but considered at sentencing.

Also dismissed but considered at sentencing in two other cases were a felony charge of bail jumping and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct - domestic abuse and battery.

Sentencing was withheld and Becker was placed on 3 years probation with 30 days in jail with work release. He must pay $2,410 in restitution with his co-defendant or by himself.

Becker must undergo AODA assessment and recommendations. He must maintain absolute sobriety.

Becker was convicted of burglarizing, with two accomplices, a man's pole shed in Barron County in May 2010.

Michael D. Gallo, 27, pled guilty April 6 to felony theft amended from felony burglary, both as a party to a crime. A second felony burglary charge was dismissed, but considered at sentencing.

Sentencing was withheld and Gallo was placed on 3 years probation. He must undergo AODA assessment and recommendations. Gallo must not use or possess alcohol, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia.

Gallo must not take medications unless prescribed by a physician. He must not enter any business with a primary purpose of serving alcohol, including festival beer tents.

He must undergo the drug court program. Gallo must pay restitution with his accomplice during the first year of probation.

Gallo was originally accused of burglarizing a house with an accomplice in Barron County in June 2011.

Secaucus, NJ

#13 May 29, 2012
Court date set for Turtle Lake man facing burglary charges.

Barron News Shield

A Turtle Lake man will appear in court July 9 in connection with felony charge of burglary, marijuana possession and bail jumping, along with a misdemeanor charge of trying to intimidate a witness.

Justin S. Sperl, 21, 326 S. Maple St., Apt 1, Turtle Lake, appeared in court May 21 in a plea hearing.

He was charged with felony bail jumping Nov. 16, 2011 after a witness told police Sperl had warned her on her Facebookk page not to tell law enforcement authorities that he'd moved to Arizona.


In the original offense, Sperl and co-defendant Daniel R. Watts, 22, 326 Maple St., Turtle Lake, were charge in connection with two August 2011 break-ins at retail stores in Almena and Turtle Lake.
Barron resident

Barron, WI

#14 Jun 6, 2012
Hmmm. Wonder if Sarah Kuffel is related to Barron County Sheriff Detective Dave Kuffel? Interesting if she is.

Rice Lake Residents Face Home Burglary Charges

Barron News Shield
Wed., May 30 2012
Page 5A

Two Rice Lake resident are accused of burglarizing a rural Rice Lake home in early May, according to circuit court documents.

Allen K. Holson, 34, and Sarah M. Kuffel, 17, both of 1735 McCaully Ave., Apt. 1, Rice Lake, were scheduled to appear in a preliminary hearing May 22 in connection with the charge.

Court documents said Barron County Sheriff's Police were toold about the theft May 3. The homeowner said that missing items includded video games, DVD's, and two 32-inch LCD televisions.

According to the com[plaint, Kuffel alledgedly told Holston where he could "get some stuff to sell." After the break-in, some of the stolen items were later sold to a Rice Lake pawn shop, the complaint said.


Clarks Summit, PA

#15 Jul 9, 2012
McFarland is a bad dude. Rumor has it he set fires as a teenager. He also burglarized place too according to sources. Apparently he even bragged in the back of patrol cars that he would be out of jail faster than it took the police officer to transport him there.

Kansas City, MO

#16 Jul 26, 2012
I hear judges don't even order restitution to victims. Slate is clean if caught. Good job Barron County.
Billy Bob

Houston, TX

#17 Sep 21, 2012
Hear ye, hear ye. By order of the Rusk County Courts

We are trying to save the state money, so rob thy neighbor.

Kevin McFarland was recently sentenced to 1 year in Barron County Jail as a condition of 7 years probation as a means to save the state money. McFarland is considered a serial burglar by the court. He is facing 7 1/2 years in prison and 5 years extended supervision if he violates the conditions of probation.

Montréal, Canada

#18 Oct 27, 2012
Interesting, people are calling Kevin McFarland a snitch in another thread. Check the thread labeled snitches.

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#19 Nov 8, 2012
Please help us!

We are an hour away but a world of difference. At least crooks GET charges in Barron

United States

#20 Mar 3, 2016
The root of the problem is meth.its horrible there

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