St. Paul pair arrested in thwarted Wisconsin golf course burglary

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Criminal charges have been filed against a St. Paul man and woman in connection with last week’s burglary that was thwarted by the owners of the Princeton Valley Golf Course on Eau Claire’s north side. Nicholas M. Mason, 31, and Tayler L. Frank, 28, both of St. Paul, are each charged […]

St. Paul pair arrested in thwarted Wisconsin golf course burglary

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Criminal charges have been filed against a St. Paul man and woman in connection with last week’s burglary that was thwarted by the owners of the Princeton Valley Golf Course on Eau Claire’s north side.

Nicholas M. Mason, 31, and Tayler L. Frank, 28, both of St. Paul, are each charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of burglary. Cash bails of $25,000 were set for both.

According to the criminal complaint:

The owners of the golf course, Ally Weyer and Josh Walberg, told police they were awakened by a loud banging noise at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday as they were asleep in the upstairs apartment at the golf course.

When they went downstairs, they saw a U-Haul truck backed up near the front door to the clubhouse. There were two people inside the building about to tie a tow strap to the ATM machine that was just inside the doors.

Walberg started yelling at the suspects, who ran back to the truck and jumped in.

Weyer jumped into the bed of the truck just before it sped away. Walberg got into his personal vehicle and followed. As the truck headed down LaSalle Street, Weyer was throwing items from the bed of the truck.

The truck stopped in the 3600 block of LaSalle Street, and the male and female got into a U-Haul van, which sped off.

Police developed information that two U-Hauls were involved with three to five suspects wearing facemasks. Police found two abandoned U-Haul vehicles. One was stolen out of New Brighton while the second was stolen out of Eau Claire.

Investigators are looking into if the suspects are linked to other burglaries on the same day in the area.

A witness called police to report that the suspects involved in the golf course burglary may be hiding in the 2700 block of Eddy Lane. Police located two suspects, Frank and Mason, and took them into custody. A third suspect fled on foot.

Mason was initially taken to a local hospital as he ingested methamphetamine just prior to his arrest. During the booking process, Frank said her feet were all “torn up” as she hadn’t been wearing any shoes during the incident.

If convicted, Mason and Frank could each be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.