Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at a residence on Washington Street in Wausau.
During the initial investigation, it appeared as if the suspect gained entry into the home from a rear window and a firearm, credit cards, personal documents and approximately $2,500 worth of jewelry was taken during the burglary.
Working off a tip, officers set up surveillance on a female who was possibly connected to the burglary.
The female, Tara Tereasa Smith, 33 year old white female, was observed selling items similar to those taken in the burglary at a local pawn shop.
During a routine traffic stop on September 11, 2008, Smith was found in possession of several items reported stolen from the Washington Street residence. Search of Smith’s home revealed the remainder of the stolen property.
Smith was arrested and charged with driving while license was suspended, grand theft of a firearm, armed burglary and grand theft.
“Our investigators and deputies pulled together and with the help of concerned citizens were able to close another burglary case” states Sheriff Haddock.
“The public rarely sees the intensive investigation that goes into each one of these cases and today that hard work paid off.”