MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators now say a man wanted in connection with several missing vehicles may also have stolen weapons.
Deputies from Chippewa and Eau Claire County, along with River Falls police are searching for Eric Hall, 39. He was released from prison on June 10. A message on the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network Monday says that it's obvious that Hall is avoiding officers and that anyone who finds him should use caution. The message says Hall could be on his way to Vilas County, or St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says Hall is suspected of stealing two SUVs and two pickup trucks. The last vehicle he was seen in is the pickup truck in the pictures attached to this story. One of the vehicles had a rifle and a shotgun inside.
During the weekend, Chippewa County deputies chased a stolen vehicle in Chippewa County. The driver drove it into the ditch near the intersection of 140th Avenue and St. Bridget Drive in Eau Claire County, got out, and ran off. Eau Claire police dogs, a Wisconsin State Patrol airplane, and several deputies from both Chippewa and Eau Claire County continued searching, but did not find the driver.
The Department of Corrections has issued a warrant for Hall's arrest. If you have information on where Hall might be, call (715) 726-7714 or your local law enforcement agency.