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Point break-ins prompt jail time

A Superior man will spend seven months in jail for his role in a string of car break-ins on Wisconsin Point this summer. Bradley Irvin Poverud, 25, of Superior pleaded no contest Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to misdemeanor counts of cri...

A Superior man will spend seven months in jail for his role in a string of car break-ins on Wisconsin Point this summer.

Bradley Irvin Poverud, 25, of Superior pleaded no contest Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and theft, both as a party to a crime. He was sentenced to seven months jail, which would be served following his current prison sentence.

Judge George Glonek also ordered Poverud to pay $370.95 restitution. If it is paid by Jan. 15, the jail sentence would be reduced to six months. Two additional counts of theft and one additional count of criminal damage to property were dismissed.

Poverud is serving a prison sentence for an unrelated charge of possession of burglarious tools, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

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A conservation warden driving along Wisconsin Point Road the afternoon of July 20 saw a white mini-van in front of him moving slowly. As he approached, it sped up, a person ran up behind it and jumped into the van and the vehicle drove off quickly. About 30 yards farther down the road, the warden saw an SUV with its front passenger window smashed out. The warden pursued and stopped the mini-van. A search of the vehicle turned up a purse, checkbook and bottle of pills stolen from the SUV. Also located in the mini-van were shorts taken from another vehicle break-in at Wisconsin Point the same day. That vehicle, too, had its front passenger window smashed out.

Authorities also found a purse that had been taken from the second vehicle and thrown to the side of the road.

The passenger in the mini-van, 34-year-old Vincent Allen Burnham, told officers that Poverud and two other friends from Superior, Kyle Dodrill, 26, and Sarah Moselle, 25, had been bragging about breaking into vehicles on Wisconsin Point.

He said he and Poverud wanted to get high that day, but neither of them had any money. So they took the van to Wisconsin Point to break into cars to get money.

Three days later, Superior Police observed a controlled buy in which a female sold two digital cameras, one of which had been stolen from a car on Wisconsin Point. The female told officers she had sold the cameras for Poverud.

Burnham pleaded no contest in September to two counts of criminal damage to property and two counts of theft, all as a party to a crime, stemming from the break-ins. He was sentenced to four months jail and two years of probation. Burnham was ordered to have no contact with Wisconsin Point or any of the victims of the break-ins. He must also pay $315.49 restitution and undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.

Three additional four-month jail sentences were imposed and stayed by Judge Kelly Thimm. Any violation of probation would trigger the jail time, which would run consecutively for a total stretch of 12 months.

Moselle faces 10 counts of misdemeanor theft and 10 felony counts of misappropriating identity and forgery, all as a party to a crime. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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Dodrill faces 10 counts of misdemeanor theft, six felony counts of misappropriating identity and two counts of forgery. He failed to appear in court for a status conference Oct. 19 and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

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