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I live in what has always been a safe neighborhood located just east of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

About 6 a.m. on Nov. 1, I came up from my lower level bedroom to discover that my home had been broken into and ransacked. I found that my billfold was empty of cash, debit card and credit cards.

I immediately called 911 to get in touch with the police department. Just minutes after I called, Police Officer Ryan Stenslien was at my house. He checked the break-in area as well as the rest of my house.

Later, I contacted the financial institutions whose cards were taken. I discovered that 11 transactions were made totaling $2,600 in a time span from 1:28 a.m. to 6:17 a.m. Investigator Tony DeLap tracked down the video camera evidence of the transactions and was able to identify the individuals responsible for the break-in so that justice could be served.

I realize this was not a big deal compared to other crimes in La Crosse, but it was a big deal to me. I was impressed by the professionalism and diligent work of the police officers. They also did an outstanding job of communicating with me to keep me in the loop as to what was happening.

I want to thank the La Crosse Police Department, Officer Ryan Stenslien and Investigator Tony DeLap for their excellent work and their empathy toward me.

Russell Wedeking, La Crosse

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