Pole Barn Ambush Burglary Suspect Waives Prelim

8/5/11 – A Lake Mills man accused of breaking into a pole shed only to be ambushed by the intended victims waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in a Dodge County courtroom. Joseph Bidlack could spend up to 24 years in prison if he’s convicted on felony charges of Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools. According to the criminal complaint, the would-be victims renting the pole shed in the Town of Portland got word from a friend that Bidlack was planning on breaking into the shed and stealing vehicle parts. Three men were waiting inside the shed last month when the 36-year-old Bidlack allegedly cut the lock on the shed and entered. Bidlack sustained injuries in the ensuing melee and accuses his attackers of using a baseball bat. The victims deny using the bat and say they acted in self-defense. Bidlack has an arraignment hearing scheduled later this month.