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Michigan man charged with home invasion, stealing Wausau police chief's truck

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Michigan man is accused of breaking into the home of Wausau's police chief, and stealing his pick-up truck.

A Marathon County judge set bond at $20,000 Thursday for 39-year-old Jason Warner. He's charged with felony counts of burglary and vehicle theft, and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal damage.

The break-in was reported Tuesday at Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel's home in the town of Maine. Officials said Warner left another vehicle in the chief's yard before stealing the truck.

Later that day, officials said Warner left Hardel's vehicle at a truck stop and got a ride from somebody else.

State troopers later got a report that a man was walking along Interstate 94, and they arrested Warner -- who had been reported as missing and endangered by his Michigan family.

He's due back in court next Wednesday in Wausau for a preliminary hearing.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)