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A Camera store can be a dangerous place to work

Brian S
Madison, WI
Post #: 122
Sad story from LaCrosse. I've always thought a Camera store could be both a fun place to work but a dangerous place to work. With all that expensive gear it seems like it would attract thieves almost as much as a jewelry store.

Minn. felon charged in La Crosse photo shop killings

"A Minnesota man has been charged with homicide in the deaths of a man and his son at their downtown store. A 39-year-old felon from southeastern Minnesota has been charged with fatally shooting a man and his son in their Wisconsin photo store last month and making off with thousands of dollars in camera equipment...
Store owner Paul Petras, 56, and his son A.J., 19, were shot in the head Sept. 15 after closing May's Photo in downtown La Crosse. Police found the son's body behind the main counter near a safe, according to the criminal complaint. Paul Petras' body was inside a bathroom, its door open and the latch broken, the complaint continued.

More than $16,000 in camera equipment was stolen from a display case. Lepsch's criminal history includes a 2003 conviction in La Crosse for stealing more than $60,000 in goods from an Ace Hardware warehouse and selling them online."

Beth M.
Madison, WI
Post #: 8
It's tragic, absolutely senseless and I cannot imagine the pain of those left behind - the men's family and friends, the community... But with the pall of that awful crime still hanging, it's also important to remember that bad eggs like the accused murderer (Jeffrey Lepsch), are going to find their way into places they can do their bad eggness - convenience stores, pharmacies, etc. are robbed with significantly greater frequency than many other places, including banks, jewelry stores and other businesses with high-value goods. It would be awesome if people with issues could somehow manage them without having to have it trickle over into others' lives. sad

[This also does put somewhat of a damper on the last post, the one about Camera Co.'s Odana Rd. job opening, though for me the greatest danger might be spending my entire paycheck before it reaches the bank]
Brian S
Madison, WI
Post #: 266
Update on the story.

Minn. man convicted in La Crosse photo store homicides
"LA CROSSE, Wis. - A jury in western Wisconsin has convicted a Minnesota man of fatally shooting a La Crosse photography store owner and his teenage son in a robbery. The jury deliberated four hours Tuesday before convicting 40-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch.

The Dakota, Minn., man was found guilty of killing 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. in May's Photo in downtown La Crosse on Sept. 15 and then cleaning out their store of about $17,000 worth of equipment. The La Crosse Tribune reported Lepsch faces a life sentence."
Ryan E.
user 23023011
Madison, WI
Post #: 69
Wow, glad to see some justice for those two and their family/friends.
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