97-7 Country WGLR

A man from Grant County is facing

felony theft charges after an investigation

into a number of shoplifting incidents

at Wal-Mart stores in Prairie du Chien,

Viroqua and Richland Center.

Authorities say 19-year-old Ethen Gebhard

of Wooman is suspected of stealing about

$7,000 in merchandise alone, from the

Wal-Mart in Prairie du Chien.

Authorities also say their investigation

shows several other persons from

Grant County have also been linked to

the thefts. But their names aren’t being

revealed, because some of them are

juveniles. They’re also facing charges

of retail theft.

Gebhard is scheduled to make a court

appearance in Crawford County on

Friday morning (11/15).