Joseph M. Conley, 33, Waupaca, is charged with burglary and theft.
On Aug. 26, 2014, Waushara County Detective Brandon Hood contacted Waupaca County Detective Sgt. John Macadlo. He was seeking help locating Conley.
Conley was a suspect in a burglary and reportedly sold some stolen jewelry to a Grand Chute pawn shop.
According to the criminal complaint, Macadlo and Hood interviewed Conley, who admitted to taking two rings from a home near Fremont while delivering water softener there. He said he found a third ring in a driveway while making another delivery in Clintonville.
The ring from Clintonville had the recipient’s name on it because it was an award for a top sales agent for Land O’ Lakes.
Clintonville Police Officer Dennis Schroeder contacted the ring’s owner, who said he had not worn it for some time. He described its value as mostly sentimental.
The Clintonville man said $140 was also missing, and he and his wife assumed their son had taken the money.
On Aug. 28, Schroeder spoke with the Clintonville couple. When he showed the wife a photo of Conley, she recognized him as the person who delivered water softener salt to their home in June and July. He was not the normal delivery person.
Conley told investigators he was stealing to help pay for his drug addictions, the complaint says. He estimated he was spending about $500 to $600 per week for heroin and illegal prescription drugs.