Suspect Ambushed In Failed Burglary Charged

7/22/11 – A Lake Mills man, accused of trying to break into a pole shed only to be ambushed by the intended victims, has been formally charged. 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 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 had a cash bond set at $300 and is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing early next month.