La Crosse police nabbed a suspected burglar who left money and probation papers behind and called 911 for help getting back inside the business.

Randy Bolstad mugshot


According to a criminal complaint, Randy Bolstad called 911 on Saturday afternoon to say he had lost money in the King on Fifth building and said he was going to break in if officers didn’t respond. Bolstad could not explain to the dispatcher how he had gotten inside the building to lose his money, and police who responded were unable to locate him Saturday.

Police responded to the building Monday morning after a caller reported his laptop computer was missing and said he’d found condoms and loose change in the bathroom of his business.

In the bathroom trash can, an officer found probation paperwork for Bolstad.

Officers found Bolstad Monday walking through the Viterbo University campus without shoes, according to the complaint. When questioned about the theft of the laptop, he responded, “I choose death.”

Bolstad, who was sentenced in November to three years probation for robbery, was charged Tuesday with one count of burglary. He was being held on a $1,000 cash bond and a probation violation.



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