Brace Placed on Probation

6/10/11 – A Lomira man has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in a case where investigators say he left a key piece evidence at the crime scene: his drink. 52-year-old Thomas H. Brace broke into his neighbor’s apartment, who was just moving into the unit at the time last Halloween. An assortment of tools was among the items taken. After the victim noted that his neighbor was a heavy drinker and might be responsible, deputies attempted to make contact with Brace. According to the criminal complaint, a deputy saw the stolen contraband inside his apartment. The deputy then called Brace’s cell phone, heard it being turned off, and then saw Brace lying down in front of his closed door inside the apartment. The stolen tools were then moved out of site. When questioned about leaving a Green Bay Packers pint glass of whiskey with fresh ice cubes in the victim’s apartment, Brace said to investigators (quote) “Oh, that’s not good, I must have left that in there.” Brace pleaded to reduced misdemeanor charges and was placed on probation for one year.