Third Person Implicated In Tavern Burglary Spree

6/7/11 – A third person has been charged in connection with a series of Dodge County tavern break-ins. 44-year-old Thomas Dahlgren of Mauston is charged with three felony counts of Burglary and three misdemeanor counts of Theft. Dahlgren and two others are accused of breaking into the Dockside Pub and Grille in the Town of Westford in January, Jumpers Bar in the Town of Beaver Dam in February and Chances Bar in the Town of Burnett in March. Thousands of dollars was stolen from poker machines, ATM’s and safes. 32-year-old Nicholas J. Etter of West Salem and 32-year-old Michelle L. Novak of Mayville were the first to be charged in the case. According to the criminal complaint, Novak reportedly admitted to being the getaway driver and lookout; she has since waived her right to a preliminary hearing and has court activity on the calendar next month. Etter admitted that he was involved but blamed someone else for orchestrating the break-ins. Etter has a plea and sentencing hearing scheduled for this afternoon. Meanwhile, Dahlgren – who was on probation for Attempted Homicide at the time of his arrest and is currently incarcerated at the Waupun Correctional Institution – had a signature bond set at $1000 yesterday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled later this month.