A total of five defendants were in Langlade County Circuit Court on Monday, when they made initial appearances on unrelated theft charges.
Michelle L. Welnetz, 36, 2405 Charlotte Court, has been charged with retail theft—failure to pay for services at a gas station on the corner of Superior Street and 3rd Avenue in Antigo. According to the criminal complaint, a white Nissan owned by Welnetz was towed to the business with a bill remaining of $1,148 that hadn’t been paid.
The vehicle was last seen in the parking lot of the business on Nov. 29, 2019, with no permission given to remove it. On Dec. 3, 2019, Welnetz was seen driving the Nissan. Welnetz was ordered to a $2,000 signature bond under the conditions she have no contact with the alleged victim.
Andrea L. Olson, 61, 239 Terrace Court, is charged with theft—business setting as she allegedly proposed to work on a garage roof for a total of $3,400. The criminal complaint says the victim paid Olson in full in September 2019 and departed to Texas where the he lives for most of the year.
Upon returning in May 2020, the victim called Olson to see why the worked hadn’t been done. Olson said she would be receiving the materials to start on the roof in five days. Later Olson called the victim stating she was aware the job was paid and that she would pay him back the full $3,400 as she did not plan on completing the work on his garage roof. That amount has not been paid. Olson was ordered to a $5,000 signature bond with conditions she have no contact with the victim or their residence.
Denise Katchenago, 36, has been charged with intentional retail theft along with resisting/obstructing an officer, misappropriate ID information and bail jumping. According to the criminal complaint, Katchenago was at Walmart in Antigo when surveillance cameras caught her skip scanning. When officials asked her to identify herself she said her name was “Krystle Alonzo” and that her date of birth was 11-16-1984, but when the information was checked, it came back with no results. Katchenago said she didn’t mean to skip scan and wanted to pay the $149.82 worth of stolen merchandise.
Surveillance cameras show that she had taken Kool-Aid packets and held them over the barcode of various meats and only scanned the Kool-Aid. About 10 days later, Katchenago called the assisting officer and stated she saw the citation on CCAP and wanted it removed immediately as she was not the person who committed the offense. She said someone used her name and she didn’t give anyone permission to do so. The officer was able to identify that it was in fact Katchenago. She has been ordered to a $500 cash bond with conditions that she has no contact with the victim nor with Antigo Walmart.
Nicole R. Bowman, 42, 16522 Timberedge Lane, is charged as a repeat offender in intentional retail theft as the criminal complaint reads that she was at Walmart in Antigo when surveillance cameras caught her skip scanning.
Bowman said she didn’t do anything on purpose, but the witness stated 27 items were skipped for a total of $203.30, after reviewing the surveillance the defendant was allegedly seen skip scanning as she would put items directly from the cart to a bag several times. Bowman has been ordered to a $1,500 signature bond with conditions of having no contact with the retail store.
Tyler J. Joseph, 26, 811 Lincoln St., has been charged with intentional retail theft and party to a crime. According to the criminal complaint he was at Walmart in Antigo when a witness observed Joseph and a male acquaintance go through the self checkout with several items.
The last item was a bottle of vodka, and the male acquaintance showed his ID to the host. Then, he put his ID back in his wallet and put the wallet in his back pocket without making any attempt to pay for the items. Both men allegedly grabbed all the bags full of unpaid merchandise and left the store with a value of $77.28 in stolen items. Joseph was ordered to a $500 signature bong under the conditions he have no contact with Antigo Walmart.