RHINELANDER - A 23-year-old Wausau woman faces three charges for allegedly stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card in Rhinelander. Those charges include burglary, theft and credit card fraud.
Prosecutors accuse Brienna Persike and Andrew Washburn, 25, of Wasuau, of stealing a purse from an unlocked home on South Rifle Road in Rhinelander. The criminal complaint shows that Persike told investigators they broke into the home. She said it was after visiting Washburn's grandmother early on December 17th.
The two then went to Wal-Mart and spent more than $500 using the stolen credit card. The criminal complaint shows that the two bought a car installation kit, a car amplifier, a black BB gun, cat food, ice fishing equipment and other items just hours after the reported burglary.
Both were arrested late last week. Persike made her first appearance in court Monday. The judge set a $5,000 signature bond. Persike isn't allowed to see Washburn under rules of the bond.
Persike could spend 14 years in prison if convicted of all three charges.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says everyone should lock their homes at night or when away. They also thank the public for helping identify the two suspects.