Thursday, January 18th

A 34-year-old Black River Falls man was charged in Jackson County Circuit court with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft after allegedly breaking into Best Western Lodge in the town of Brockway Oct. 4.

Woody Bird is accused of stealing a television and coffee pot from one of the rooms. According to the criminal complaint, employees noticed the items missing and showed a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy surveillance footage of Bird leaving the room with the two items. Hotel personnel told police they didn't believe the person who booked the room was responsible for the theft. Police were told Bird and another person left the scene in a red Ford Escape.

Later that day, police matched the description of Bird and the other person with photos posted on the Tomah Police Department's Facebook page in reference to a theft in Tomah.