An Argyle woman who was badly burned and lost three children in a fire set by her husband faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing from the residents at the medical facility where she was recovering.

Sharon Wand, 27, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft and two counts of criminal trespass last month in Iowa County Circuit Court after police said she stole jewelry, a ceramic figurine and a stuffed animal from residents at Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility near Dodgeville.

Wand, who had not guilty pleas made on her behalf for all the charges during her initial court appearance last week in Dodgeville, was arrested on two separate occasions following incidents that took place at the medical facility in April and May, according to court reports.

Wand has been a sympathetic figure after three of her four young children — Allen Wand, 7; Jeffery Wand, 5, and Joseph Wand, 3 — were killed in a fire Sept. 7 that police learned was set by her husband, Armin Wand III, and his brother, Jeremy Wand. Her 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, survived.

Sharon Wand, who was pregnant at the time and lost the fetus due to the fire, was not expected to survive after sustaining third-degree burns over much of her body. But after several painful surgeries and months recovering at UW Hospital, Wand was moved to the Dodgeville rehab facility.

She also made a dramatic appearance at the sentencing hearing for her husband in a Lafayette County courtroom on April 17, where an emotional statement was written and read on her behalf. Armin Wand III was sentenced to three life sentences with no hope of parole.

Jeremy Wand was convicted on nearly identical charges Wednesday and will be sentenced July 19.

Police arrested Wand because the thefts followed repeated requests to her to change her behavior after she was caught with stolen material on previous occasions at the facility, according to Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek.

She was arrested the first time after police said she stole a ceramic rabbit figurine and jewelry from two Bloomfield residents sometime between April 1 and April 11, according to court reports.

The figurine was later found on Wand’s nightstand by a staff member, an Iowa County Sheriff’s Department incident report said.

Jewelry missing from the room of another Bloomfield resident was found in Wand’s room, according to the report.

Her second arrest followed an incident on May 10 when, according to incident reports, she stole a small stuffed animal from a resident’s room that she entered without permission. She was also found in another resident’s room without permission.

Wand was not incarcerated after her arrest because she’s a recovering burn victim and susceptible to infection, police reports said. She was moved to another rehab facility near Platteville, Michek said.

  • Reporter for Wisconsin State Journal

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