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Illinois woman gets probation for New Glarus burglary
MONROE - An Illinois woman pleaded no contest last week to a felony theft charge related to the burglary last summer of a New Glarus cellular phone store.

Daesha Tanae Rayford, 19, Plano, was sentenced March 7 in Green County Circuit Court to 18 months on probation for the Class H felony conviction of theft of moveable property worth $5,000 to $10,000 as a party to a crime, downgraded from a Class G felony charge of theft of moveable property worth more than $10,000.

A felony burglary charge and misdemeanor theft charge were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Her co-defendant, Mike Laron Ewing, 21, Bristol, Illinois, still has a warrant out for his arrest on charges related the burglary.

According to court records:

The couple reportedly conspired to burglarize Five Star Cellular, 1305 Wisconsin 69, New Glarus, and steal $27,000 worth of cellphones in the early morning hours of June 15.

Surveillance video shows that people with covered faces wearing headlamps used a crowbar to break into the store. They took 36 phones with a combined value of $27,555.

Police apprehended Rayford and Ewing nearby. The couple gave conflicting stories of why they were in the area.