Ossian woman sentenced to 15 years
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:55 PM
Tara Bohr, 32, Ossian, was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including burglary, theft and forgery filed in two separate court cases.
According to local law enforcement, she involved a 10-year-old girl in one of her crimes.
Following an investigation by the Calmar-Ossian Police Department, Decorah Police Department and Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department, Bohr was arrested March 4 for third-degree burglary for her involvement in thefts from Silver Springs Golf Course July 29, 2013, and six charges of forgery. Court documents state Silver Springs incurred $2,500 in losses and damages as a result of Bohr’s criminal activities.
On July 18, Bohr was arrested for commission of specific unlawful activity, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony by planning or commission, using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense, fourth-degree theft and possession of marijuana.
In Winneshiek County District Court recently, Bohr pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary, seven counts of forgery and third-degree theft in the first case. She was sentenced to two years for the burglary and theft charges, and five years for the seven counts of forgery. The sentences are to be served concurrently with each other, but consecutive to sentences in the second case. Six counts of forgery were dismissed at the defendant’s cost. According to court documents, the forgery charges stem from Bohr unlawfully writing checks on accounts belonging to other people.
In addition, Bohr was fined $625 on the burglary and theft charges, and $750 on the seven forgery charges.
In the second case, Bohr pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony by planning or commission, using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense and fourth-degree theft.
According to court documents, Bohr unlawfully wrote checks on the accounts of others, used someone under the age of 18 to commit burglary for her own profit and possessed a Baby Trend Expedition Travel System stroller, valued at $239, knowing it was stolen.
The defendant was sentenced to no more than five years for the three forgery counts and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, no more than one year for the fourth-degree theft charge and no more than 10 years for using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense. The sentences are to be served concurrently with each other but consecutive to the first case.
A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed at the defendant’s cost.
Bohr also was ordered to pay restitution to her victims in both cases. The checks forged on the accounts of three of Bohr’s victims totaled $6,496. Final totals for a fourth forgery victim have not yet been tallied.
Bohr was transported by the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department to the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women at Mitchellville.
Used a child
According to a Calmar/Ossian Police report, the baby stroller was stolen from an Ossian resident who heard Bohr say she needed a stroller like that as she walked by the theft victim’s garage. Two days later the woman’s stroller was stolen and the next day, the woman walked by Bohr’s house and could see, through an open door, that her stroller was inside Bohr’s house.
When she was questioned by a police officer, Bohr said the stroller was given to her by someone who bought it at a garage sale. The officer called the people who supposedly gave Bohr the stroller, but they said they had not given Bohr a stroller.
The officer took Bohr’s stroller and identified it as the one that had been stolen. During a subsequent interview, Calmar Police Chief Joe Ward learned Bohr had involved two juvenile girls in stealing the stroller. She had one of them, a 10-year-old, enter the theft victim’s garage and take the stroller. She then instructed the girls if the “cops” questioned them about the stroller to tell them the names of the two people she previously told an officer had given her the stroller after purchasing it at a garage sale.
During Ward’s interview, one of the girls’ parents received a text message from Bohr stating she had made a mistake and shouldn’t have told the girls to take the stroller.