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Man gets 3 years of probation for stealing a bank card at Lake Delton water park
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Man gets 3 years of probation for stealing a bank card at Lake Delton water park

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The Columbia County Courthouse in Downtown Portage will be receiving new and updated audio and video recording equipment in all of its courtrooms. The system is meant to fill gaps as large numbers of court reporters retire throughout the state, and very few new qualified candidates enter the field. 

A Minneapolis man charged in March with identity theft pleaded no contest following unauthorized charges in Dane and Dodge counties from a bank card that went missing in Lake Delton.

Willie J. Britten, 30, pleaded no contest to the two charges of misappropriating ID information. Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Todd Hepler found Britten guilty and withheld sentencing in lieu of three years of probation with the condition that Britten serve 30 days in jail with Huber privileges. He must pay $7,850 in restitution and $786 in additional court costs and $1,150 in cash seized by police will be applied to the restitution. Britten also must undergo any counseling recommendations from the Department of Corrections and submit a DNA sample.

According to the criminal complaint, a Lake Delton police officer responded to a report of theft at the Hotel Rome’s attached indoor water park on Feb. 29.

A man who placed items in a locker at the water park without locking it and returned a few minutes later found his property was missing, including a wallet.

His credit union was notified on March 3 and three unauthorized withdrawals totaling $7,800 were discovered, two in Madison and one in Juneau.

Another transaction in Beaver Dam was denied.

The complaint says Britten was eventually identified as the person who allegedly made the transactions and he was arrested.

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