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Cell phone ties suspect to crime scenes


PLOVER, Wis. (WSAU) -- A suspect in several theft and vandalism crimes in Plover will be in court Monday. 28-year-old Michael Bahrke is the man police believe is responsible for broken windshields, damaged car wipers, smashed tail lights on cars. Bahrke is also charged with causing damage to motion sensors, and tampering with an outside water faucet causing a basement to flood.

Those are just his newest charges along with a bail jumping offense. Bahrke was already on bond for burglary and criminal damage to religious property for allegedly breaking into the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plover July 24th.

Plover police say they were able to tie Bahrke to the property crimes because he dropped his cell phone at one of the crime scenes.

Bahrke is unable to raise $5,000 bond, so he remains in jail. The preliminary hearing for the new charges is Monday at 3:00 p.m. before Judge John Finn. A plea hearing in the church break in is scheduled for January 24th at 11:00 a.m. with Judge Thomas Flugaur.