For alledgedly breaking into a woman’s residence and damaging her belongings, Eric L. Hafner, 34, of Chetek, faces two misdemeanor charges of entry into a locked dwelling and criminal damage to property. He was charged July 1 in Barron County Circuit Court.
On the evening of June 29, a Chetek woman called 911 and said Hafner was breaking into her home. The woman was not home at the time, but was watching it happen from a security camera that streamed video to her smart phone.
Barron County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home, finding it in disarray. A broken pickle jar and milk from the refrigerator were spilled on the kitchen floor. In the living room, items were strewn about and there was glass from a broken TV.
Outside, deputies located a white Corvette in the ditch, which appeared to have backed out of the woman’s driveway. Neighbors reported a man was cutting through their yards and had gone into a nearby lake.
After being ordered to return to the dock, the man eventually swam to shore and was taken into custody.
Deputies reviewed video footage from the security camera and it allegedly showed Hafner entering the residence from the east side where a door and frame was found broken into.
If convicted on both charges, Hafner faces a maximum sentence of up to 1.5 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.
He appeared in court on July 2 and was released on a $1,000 signature bond with conditions to have no contact with the woman or her residence.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday, Aug. 21, for an initial appearance.