Police say Reedsburg man stole Purple Heart, Santa letters

September 18, 2018


A Reedsburg man is facing felony charges related to multiple burglaries, some in which he allegedly took personal items such as a veteran’s Purple Heart and children’s old Santa letters.

Sauk County prosecutors on Monday filed two separate cases against Larry C. Smith, 33. One case involves the Oct. 31, 2017, burglary in the village of Loganville, and another involves repeated burglaries of a Reedsburg home over a three-month period in late 2017.

Prior to the new charges, Smith already was facing felonies related to several other burglaries and thefts throughout the area. The search of a Reedsburg home in January turned up thousands of dollars in goods police said Smith had stolen, as well as a large amount of materials used to make methamphetamine.

Investigators have now tied Smith to additional burglaries, and say he admitted to carrying them out with a female partner. In one, Smith allegedly stole gold and silver bars, gold coins and silver dollars.

The woman who said she was with Smith at the time of that burglary told detectives she remembered him stealing Santa letters with $2 bills attached to them.

Investigators reported that the homeowners later checked a desk drawer and confirmed that the cards were missing.

“(They) were visibly upset someone would steal their children’s Santa cards from 45 years ago and not just take the $2 bills off the cards,” the complaint says.

In another case, Smith allegedly burglarized the Loganville home of a woman who had recently passed away. The woman’s daughter told authorities the home was missing her grandfather’s Purple Heart, as well as World War II patches and other military memorabilia.

The new cases charge Smith with two counts of felony burglary and one count of felony theft. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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