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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Texas Man Sentenced For Stealing Merchandise From Wisconsin Stores

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Roy G. Ramsey, 47, San Antonio, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to 37 months in prison for transporting stolen goods in interstate commerce.  Ramsey pleaded guilty to this crime on April 15, 2014. 

Ramsey admitted to stealing $7,439 in merchandise from an Eau Claire K-Mart store and from Walmart Stores in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.  Ramsey transported the merchandise to Missouri. 

Ramsey admitted that he committed a string of thefts targeting 47 Walmart stores and causing a $314,686.98 loss to Walmart.  Ramsey’s long criminal history includes a 1994 conviction in the Western District of Wisconsin for transporting a stolen car in interstate commerce.       

United States Attorney Vaudreuil noted that the Ramsey investigation was spearheaded by the following Wisconsin law enforcement agencies: the Lake Hallie, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, and Ladysmith Police Departments, and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department.  The Missouri State Patrol arrested Ramsey and recovered the property stolen from Wisconsin and the Federal Bureau of Investigation coordinated the theft investigations in Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. 

“This case, with Ramsey’s extended road trip of criminal conduct,” United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “is a textbook example of how federal law enforcement works with our local partners to hold criminals accountable who spread their criminal conduct over many jurisdictions.” 

The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.   

Updated July 14, 2015