STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A stripper and her boyfriend broke into a Plover home of a man she met at a night club and she knew kept a display case full of guns, according to a criminal complaint.
The break-in occurred June 30 after the stripper talked to the homeowner the day before at a party and he indicated he would be gone that day, a Sunday, working on some horseshoe pits, the complaint said.
Jessica Winters, 22, of Wisconsin Rapids, was charged Friday with two felonies - party to armed burglary and party to theft - in a break-in in which 12 guns and a television were stolen, the complaint said..
Antoinne Keyes, 24, of Wisconsin Rapids, was charged with three felonies - party to burglary, party to theft and a felon in possession of firearms. He was also charged as a habitual criminal.
The stolen guns included a rare .30-.30-caliber Winchester rifle that the homeowner described as a Wisconsin Sesquicetennial edition, the complaint said.
The homeowner identified Winters as a suspect in the theft, telling investigators that he knew her as a dancer at the Speak Easy 54 night club, the complaint said.
The homeowner had helped Winters out in the past with money, and she had been in the home and knew he had a display case full of guns, the complaint said.
The day before the burglary the pair talked at a birthday party, with the homeowner telling the dancer he would be gone June 30 until about 5 p.m., the complaint said. The homeowner told police that Winters was inquiring about his plans because she wanted to "call him to talk about something," the complaint said.
She never called, the homeowner told police.
The criminal complaint said police recovered text messages sent by Winters' boyfriend about breaking into a home and stealing guns.
The guns "gonna be valid cause dude a str8 up hunter," one message said, according to the complaint.
Keys told investigators that after the burglary, he realized he made a mistake.
He "tweaked up" and threw the guns in the Wisconsin River near the hospital in Wisconsin Rapids to get rid of them, the complaint said. He also told investigators he threw the TV in a dumpster because the screen cracked during the burglary.
"Mr. Keys said Ms. Winters mentioned the guns to him a couple of weeks prior to the burglary when they were sitting around talking about how broke they were," the complaint said.
Keys said he broke into the home and Winters waited in the car for him.
Keys was jailed on a $10,000 cash bond and is to return to court Sept. 3 for a preliminary hearing.
Winters is to return to court Sept. 9 for a preliminary hearing. She is free on a $7,500 cash bond, online court records said.