A 38-year-old Tomah woman was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for allegedly stealing a wallet at Casey’s General Store.

Christine Marie Stratton was arrested after police were called to the store Oct. 4 shortly after 3 a.m. A man told police he accidentally left his wallet on the counter while purchasing food. He returned to his vehicle to consume the food when he noticed his wallet was missing.

After failing to find the wallet in his vehicle, he returned to the store and found the wallet hidden next to the sausage container on the counter. He looked inside his wallet and noticed he was missing $200 in cash and a Walmart gift card with a balance of $50 remaining.

A review of surveillance allegedly shows Stratton approaching the counter with a plastic bottle which she placed on top of the wallet. When the clerk turned his back, Stratton took the wallet and exited the store.

Police located Stratton Oct. 8 for an interview. The report says Stratton confirmed she was the subject of the video and admitted taking the wallet outside. She said she returned the wallet to where she found it and denied taking any of the contents.

Stratton was referred to the district attorney for theft and a probation/parole hold. Casey’s General Store also requested a no-contact order be imposed on Stratton.

In other Tomah Police Department news:

Edwin Wayne Mitchell, 31, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for third-offense drunk driving after an Oct. 6 traffic stop.

Shortly before 2 a.m., police observed a Ford F150 operated by Mitchell driving through a parking lot toward Denny’s Restaurant. As the vehicle approached the parking stall, it quickly accelerated to the point where a police officer could hear exhaust and engine noise. Mitchell then went inside the restaurant.

Police made contact with Mitchell and asked him if he needed help with anything. The officer detected the odor of intoxicants and slightly slurred speech from Mitchell. When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Mitchell replied, “a couple of beers.”

The report says Mitchell failed a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol count of .16. The report says he was uncooperative during a blood draw conducted a Tomah Memorial Hospital.

Angel Ray Gomez, 18, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for battery after an Oct. 7 incident.

Police were called to a Stoughton Avenue residence, where a man said Gomez had struck him once in the face with a closed fist. The report said the man had a large contusion on his left cheek.

Anthony Randall Van Dinter, 29, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. He is accused of violating bond conditions that prohibit him from consuming alcohol or entering taverns or liquor stores.

Police were called to the Bank Bar Oct. 8, where Van Dinter was unsteady on his feet. As police attempted to escort Van Dinter outside, the report says he attempted to take another drink of beer. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol count of .349.

Deanna G. Syverson, 32, Warrens, was referred to the district attorney for possession of a prescription drug without a prescription and bail jumping. Police arrested Syverson Oct. 8 on an outstanding warrant and found an Alprazolam pill in her purse, according to the report.


Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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