Beaver Dam Sentenced For Breaking Into Churches

6/10/17 – A Beaver Dam man who broke into several area churches was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison and ten years of extended supervision. In March, Kodey Meredith pled to six felony counts of Burglary along with felony Criminal Damage to Property and Possession of Narcotic Drugs and had five other felony charges dismissed but read into the record.  Last August, Meredith broke into the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Beaver Dam and stole cash, keys, and electronics and then broke into the home of a police department chaplain. Later that same month, the 27-year-old broke into Grace Presbyterian Church and then again into First Lutheran. In both instances, Meredith stole over $16-thousand dollars’ worth of Scrip cards, which churches and non-profits can buy at reduced rates and sell to supporters who pay the full value for use at restaurants, gas stations, and other participating businesses.  Officers tracked used scrip cards back to Meredith, and a search warrant executed at his house turned up the stolen items.  Meredith denied stealing the cards and claimed he was unsure how the stolen items wound up in his home.  He did admit to officers that he has a heroin problem.  A friend told police that Meredith confessed the burglaries to him.  Meredith was also ordered to pay over $10-thousand dollars in restitution to the churches and their insurance companies.