2 Hayward Women Charged Following Alleged Burglary of LCO Convenience Store

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

Criminal charges have been filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against two Hayward women after an alleged burglary of bank deposit bags at the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Convenience Store on February 4, 2018.

Ashley Kirchner and Carmelita Lacapa, both of Hayward, WI, have been charged with felony burglary and felony theft following an investigation into the reported burglary.

Ashley Kirchner

According to a criminal complaint filed against Ashley Kirchner, the LCO Tribal Police Department received a complaint on February 5, 2018, that 2 bank deposit bags were missing from the LCO Convenience store. The bags contained a total of over $17,000 cash and nearly $5,000 in checks. 

Carmelita Lacapa

An officer from the LCO Tribal Police Department spoke with the manager of the store, who stated that Carmelita Lacapa was an employee of the store and was 1 of only 4 people who have access to the office of the store which is locked. Lacapa had worked at the store on February 4 and security camera footage showed Lacapa putting the bank bags in the office and then locking it.

The store manager stated that Ashley Kirchner had also worked for the store for a short period of time and that Kirchner never had access to the locked office during the course of her employment, according to the criminal complaint filed against her in Sawyer County Circuit Court.

The Tribal Police Department officer watched further security camera footage which allegedly showed  Kirchner arriving at the store several hours later, in Lacapa‚Äôs vehicle. Kirchner unlocked the office door, and entered the office, leaving the lights turned off. The manager told the officer that without the lights on in the office, the camera located in the office cannot pick up on motion and will not be activated. A short time later, the security camera footage shows Kirchner exiting the office, appearing to hold something under her shirt. She unlocked a door on the south side of the building and then exited the building. 

The criminal complaint goes on to state that another employee of the store saw Kirchner exit the locked door (which is kept locked after a certain time). This employee did not recognize Kirchner and commented that it was odd for someone to be exiting out of the locked southside door.

When officers spoke with Lacapa, she stated that she had been out drinking with friends, including Kirchner, after she left work on February 4, and that her car had been taken at some point during the evening. She allegedly said that she had no memory of where she had left her car keys. 

When the officer asked Lacapa how Kirchner could have known about the bank deposit bags, Lacapa allegedly said that Kirchner would not have known unless someone told her, however, Lacapa denied any involvement in the burglary of the bank deposit bags.

Online circuit court records show that charges of Class F Felony Burglary of Room Within a Building and Class G Felony Theft of Movable Property Having a Value Greater than $10,000 have been filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against both Kirchner and Lacapa.

Both women appeared for bail bond hearings on February 8, 2018, and the Court placed them each on $2,000 cash bail bonds with conditions to have no contact with the LCO Convenience Store or with each other. The Court also ordered both women to maintain absolute sobriety as a condition of their bail bond. Both are scheduled to appear on February 13 for Initial Appearances on their new criminal charges. 

Lacapa also had criminal charges filed against her for Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer in a separate Sawyer County Circuit Court case. Details of that case are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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