An Eau Claire man will spend five months in jail for stealing scores of power tools during several burglaries between November 2016 and June 2017.
Patrick E. Nolan, 30, 736 Marshall St., was sentenced Monday in Eau Claire County Court to four felony counts of burglary as a party to a crime and unrelated felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of an electric weapon.
Judge Sarah Harless placed Nolan on five years of probation and ordered him to pay restitution at a rate of $300 per month.
Eau Claire County Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Webster said restitution could approach $10,000.
As additional conditions of probation, Nolan must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and seek any programming or treatment recommended by his probation agent. He also cannot have contact with his victims.
“This offense took away the feelings of security from a number of people,” Harless told Nolan.
Nolan apologized for his actions.
“My involvement was selfish and out of character for me,” he said.
“I was lucky to be caught when I was. Who knows what could have happened. This was a blessing in disguise,” Nolan said. “I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done.”
According to the criminal complaint:
From Nov. 28, 2016, to June 8, 2017, the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office received numerous reports of burglarized C&M Homebuilders trailers.
Items stolen included Paslode nailers, DeWalt power tools, Milwaukee brand power tools, chainsaws, leaf blowers and weed whips.
Nolan became a suspect after a sheriff’s detective began monitoring social media sites and a system that tracks pawn shop transactions and records.
Nolan had posted construction tools for sale and had pawned various construction-related items.
By checking serial numbers, authorities had found that many of the items were stolen.
Deputies pulled Nolan’s vehicle over on July 7, 2017, as he was leaving his former town of Brunswick residence.
Inside the vehicle were several pry bars, two bolt cutters, rope, two-way radios and knives.
Nolan’s residence was searched after he was taken into custody.
Authorities recovered numerous items that were identified as having been taken in burglaries from various locations in Eau Claire County and other counties.
The reported burglaries in this case occurred in the towns of Brunswick and Washington.