Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the arrest of retired LaFarge Police Chief Al Walker
for Felony Theft of a 14 foot flat bottom fishing boat and motor from the village of Stoddard.
According to Spears, on Wednesday, August 14th, at 09:46 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a boat theft from the outside storage area in the village of Stoddard. A witness had reported seeing a vehicle remove a boat and motor late Sunday afternoon. The same vehicle returned to the area of the storage units and was looking at another boat. The Witness followed the vehicle and obtained the license plate and description and reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigating officers went to the Walker residence and found the missing boat and motor. The seats had been removed from the boat, wiring was removed, motor was removed and the registration numbers had been peeled off and the boat was being prepped for re-painting.
Allen Lee Walker, age 61 of Newton Road, Viroqua, was arrested on one count of Felony Theft, which is a class I felony. Walker was taken to the Vernon County Detention Center.
Walker appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court on Thursday for a bond hearing and was released on a $1000 signature bond.
Walker served the village of LaFarge as Police Chief from February 1st 1989 until his retirement on April 30th 2009.
The case is still under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.
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