Man accused of stealing wedding rings charged in Dodge County

Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 19:22:04-04

The man accused of stealing a Dodge County widow's wedding ring has been charged with the crime. 

Adam Tibbits, 35, has been charged with four counts of burglary at four different homes in Dodge County. All crimes happened between March and May of this year. 

TODAY'S TMJ4 interviewed one of the victimsin May when she reported that her home was broken into while she was away at her daughter's wedding. 

Nancy Kiefer lives in a rural farmhouse in Dodge County that has been in her family for four generations. 

On May 5, she said someone broke through her front door and left with her engagement ring and wedding band, among other items.

Her husband died seven years ago from cancer.

"He couldn't afford a diamond, so he bought me a ruby," Kiefer said in May. 

Kiefer's daughter Ann Reed hoped by getting the story out, they might be able to find the stolen rings. 

"It's all she has left, it's a memory of my dad," Reed said. 

According to a criminal complaint, Tibbits and an accomplice chose Kiefer's house at "random." Tibbits reportedly told detectives he went into the house alone, while his accomplice waited in the car. 

Tibbits told authorities, according to the criminal complaint, that "the things taken from the house were [expletive] meaning that they were of little monetary value." 

When asked by detectives if any of the items could be recovered, Tibbits reportedly answered, "no, it's gone." 

Tibbits has previously been convicted of burglary in Milwaukee County. He is due in court on the Dodge County case on Sept. 7. 

He is currently being held at the Milwaukee County Secure Detention Facility.