A Wheeler man will spend four years on probation in connection with an attempted robbery of a south side restaurant last summer.
Travis M. Holstein, 42, pleaded guilty recently in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of attempted robbery with threat of force and a misdemeanor count of retail theft, and an unrelated misdemeanor count of negligent handling of a weapon.
Judge Michael Schumacher fined Holstein $1,424. As conditions of probation, Holstein cannot drink alcohol or enter taverns.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police officers were sent to McDonald’s on Gateway Drive at 9:39 p.m. July 11 for an armed robbery in progress.
An employee called police saying a male had entered the store and advised that he had a gun and was robbing them.
As officers arrived the subject was still in the store. They were able to enter the building and take the subject into custody without incident.
A McDonald’s employee was able to distract the suspect, and nothing was stolen from the restaurant.
The initial investigation revealed that Holstein had been at the nearby Walmart and Mega Holiday stores, both on Gateway Drive, before the incident.
Holstein had been shopping at Walmart but believed he was being followed. He had removed his clothing at the store and gotten rid of his cellphone and a key fob. Holstein stole clothes and a folding knife from Walmart.
After leaving Walmart, Holstein walked to the Mega Holiday store.
Holstein had wanted to make contact with police, so he activated an alarm at Mega Holiday. He told officers this did not provide the police response he wanted, so he walked over to McDonald’s.
No gun was found on Holstein.
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