CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls man who broke into a bar and stole several thousand dollars, then returned to the tavern a half-hour later to spend the cash, was convicted Wednesday and placed on probation.
Brian D. Huset, 44, 7417 203rd St., pleaded no contest to burglary of a building in Chippewa County Court. Other counts of theft of movable property and bail jumping, along with an uncharged case, were read in to the court record and dismissed.
Judge Steve Gibbs placed Huset on probation for five years, and ordered an alcohol treatment course and no contact with Sunbeam Tavern. He must pay $3,414 in restitution and court costs. He also cannot have any illegal drugs or medication not prescribed to him. Gibbs set a follow-up restitution hearing for Aug. 24.
Gibbs also ordered a five-year prison sentence and five years of extended supervision, but that is imposed and stayed, meaning Huset will only serve that if he violates terms of his probation. Huset, who has been in the Chippewa County Jail, was given credit for 99 days in jail he’s already served should his probation be revoked.
According to the criminal complaint, the theft occurred at 9:20 p.m. March 4 at Sunbeam Tavern, 1310 E. Park Ave. Employees there told police that Huset entered a rear door to the building and stole up to $3,800 from an ATM. Huset was a frequent visitor to the bar. The tavern has surveillance equipment that showed Huset — wearing a distinct jacket — entering that area of the building and taking four bags of money. Police made a copy of the video.
Huset returned to the bar roughly a half-hour after the theft and told the bartender he had “won big” and had a large amount of money, which he began using to buy alcohol.
Online court records show that Huset is currently facing charges in Waukesha County for misappropriating an ID to obtain money. He also was convicted in Chippewa County in 2007 with issuing worthless checks and eluding and fleeing officers in 2000.