By Lisa Pett
A 20-year-old Stevens Point woman already out on bond for harboring a felon appeared in court on Monday to face charges of receiving stolen property from a theft that occurred in March.
Laice Firkus pleaded not guilty to charges that she and her friends stole and concealed property from an apartment in the 3000 block of Stanley St. The residents of that apartment reported the break-in on March 22 and told Stevens Point police they suspected their neighbors.
Firkus, along with Bridget Lee, 26, and Alan Poblitz, 24, are facing a variety of charges, including burglary and receiving stolen property.
During their investigation, Lee was found to have pawned jewelry that was reported stolen at Point Title and Pawn Loans. Officers executed search warrants on Firkus’ apartment and that of Lee, who was also a neighbor of the victims.
During the search, officers located drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as items stolen during yet another break-in also reported on March 22. A backpack from the second break-in was found in Lee’s bedroom with the victim’s checkbook still inside.
During recorded statements to police, Lee admitted to being involved in the Stanley Street incident after she, Firkus, Poblitz, and others were drinking in Firkus’ apartment and decided to conduct the break-in. Several items were taken, including the jewelry, a subwoofer, a Playstation console and drugs.
In an interview with an SPPD detective, Poblitz also admitted to being present that night, entering apartment and taking a large screen tv, which he put in Firkus’ bedroom. He said he later returned the television to the owner’s apartment.
All three have made initial appearances in Portage County Court. Firkus is free on a $200 signature bond, Poblitz, a $200 signature bond and Lee has a $5000 signature bond.
Lee is due back in court on July 6, Firkus on July 20, and Poblitz on August 3.