A gun reported as stolen last October in Pewaukee was recovered in a Milwaukee drug house and an 18-year-old Waukesha man was charged with its alleged theft.
Jesse D. Reed was charged on Feb. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft of movable property and Kirstie L. Bartlett, 20, was charged with receiving a stolen firearm, also a felony.
Reed has been arrested six times for various offenses in the last year and was charged most recently in January with four counts of misdemeanor theft, according to online criminal records.
According to the criminal complaint:
Dustin Liebenthal, 580 Foxtail Drive in the Village of Pewaukee, first reported the theft of his .22 caliber handgun on Oct. 16, 2012. He told police the gun and two magazines were taken from the center console of his vehicle sometime during the previous night.
On Nov. 14, Liebenthal was contacted by Jordan Lagalbo, who said his sister Chelsea Lagalbo had been dating Reed. He said he was picked up by sister a week prior and Reed was in the back seat. In a backpack, Reed allegedly had GPS units, radar detectors, an iPod and a handgun. Reed allegedly told Jordan he had stolen the gun from a truck.
Chelsea Lagalbo told police she was no longer dating Reed, but he had allegedly told her that he had stolen items out of cars in the Pewaukee area.
Bartlett was contacted by police on Dec. 10. She told police that Reed had allegedly given her the gun before Thanksgiving in exchange for money he owed her for heroin. She allegedly told police she sold the gun to a drug dealer on Milwaukee’s West Side for $100 worth of heroin.
Reed was arrested on Dec. 10 and charged in January with several misdemeanor thefts, after police said they found several items in his possession they suspected were stolen from vehicles in Lisbon, Hartland and Pewaukee.
The Milwaukee Police Department performed a search on a Milwaukee “drug house” on Jan 15 and found the gun they believe belonged to Liebenthal. It contained the original magazine with four unfired .22 caliber hollow point bullets.
Detective Craig Drummy of the Pewaukee Village Police Department said he did not know if the gun had been fired since its theft.
If convicted, both Bartlett and Reed could each face up to six years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.
Bartlett’s next expected court date is Feb. 18.
Reed’s next expected date Feb. 6.
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