CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Bloomer man apprehended June 12 while breaking into a garage in rural Chippewa Falls, telling investigators he was on an “Easter egg hunt” and was there to “grab his stuff,” was sentenced Wednesday to serve up to 180 days in jail.
Matthew R. Gensler, 24, 7997 170th Ave., pleaded no contest in Chippewa County Court to burglary of a building or dwelling.
Judge Roderick Cameron withheld sentence and placed Gensler on probation for three years. Cameron ordered the jail sentence, but he made it imposed-and-stayed at the discretion of the probation agent. Gensler must submit a DNA sample and forfeit all seized property.
According to the criminal complaint:
A man in the 8000 block of Highway F in the town of Tilden called law enforcement at 1:32 a.m. June 12, saying a man he didn’t know was in his garage. The officer arrived and spoke to Gensler, who claimed he was there to collect “his stuff,” but admitted he didn’t know the victim. He said he was on an “Easter egg hunt,” but declined to elaborate.
In 2014, Gensler was convicted of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct in Chippewa County Court, and was ordered to serve 120 days in jail.