Oshkosh man sentenced to jail or treatment option for retail theft


JUNEAU — A 55-year-old Oshkosh man has the opportunity to seek treatment and avoid jail time for retail theft after removing two dehumidifiers from Beaver Dam’s Menards.



Donnie McKenzie was convicted of two counts of retail theft in July. Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Sciascia sentenced McKenzie to seven months in prison on Thursday. He can spend this time in a treatment center provided he successfully completes his treatment in a hospital setting. If he fails the treatment, he will be sent to prison.

In addition, a two-year prison sentence was pronounced and suspended. He must pay $640 in restitution, maintain absolute sobriety, conduct a job search, and submit to the AODA and anger management.

According to the criminal complaint:

On September 22, 2020 a call came in stating that a man had stolen two dehumidifiers from the store. The caller said McKenzie said, “I suggest you stop following me unless you want to get shot,” after following him out of the building. However, the caller saw the car McKenzie was driving heading north on the highway. 151.

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Deputies from the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office located McKenzie and took him into custody. Police spoke to McKenzie who told them he had wanted to drive to his mother’s house in Arkansas and leave behind his wife and two boys. However, he knew she would need money to take care of the children and a friend told her it was easy to steal from the shops in Beaver Dam. He said he stole three Roomba vacuums and a fabric cutter from Walmart in Beaver Dam before driving to Menards. McKenzie said he had no gun on him but threatened to get out of the situation.

McKenzie submitted to a search of the vehicle and the missing items were found in his Chevrolet Blazer.

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