A report of stolen sweatshirts led to an arrest and a felony drug charge for a Chetek man, according to Barron County Circuit Court records.
On Jan. 23, a downtown Chetek bar reported having four sweatshirts stolen from the business. In video surveillance footage shown to a Chetek police officer, a man was seen selecting four sweatshirts that were on display and then leaving the bar without paying for them around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 23.
The man in the footage was identified as Joseph G. Hrbacek, 37, of Chetek.
Later that day, the officer went to Hrbacek’s workplace in Barron and informed him he was under arrest. Hrbacek allegedly asked if it was because of the sweatshirt.
While searching his person, a small bag of suspected marijuana was allegedly found in a front pocket. It later tested positive for THC.
Court records stated that Hrbacek was out on felony bond related to a felony THC possession charge and misdemeanor theft charge from August 2019. Records also stated that he had been convicted of burglary in December 2016 and convicted of possession of THC in November 2010.
Hrbacek was charged Jan. 28 with felony possession of THC (second-plus offense), bail jumping-felony and misdemeanor theft-intentionally take ($500 or less) (all repeater). A cash bond was set at $100 with conditions to have no contact with Phill’s Bar & Grill.
He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Jan. 31, for a preliminary hearing before Judge James Babler. Hrbacek was represented by attorney Andrew Knaak, and the case was being prosecuted by assistant District Attorney John Rafa Todd.