Man charged with entering unlocked homes on La Crosse's North Side

Man charged with entering unlocked homes on La Crosse's North Side

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A 25-year-old man was charged Monday in connection with several cases in which he allegedly entered or attempted to enter people’s homes Sunday morning in La Crosse.

Jacob Stanles

Stanles

Jacob Stanles, whose residence is listed as Rochester, Minn., in La Crosse County jail logs, was arrested after police received calls about an intruder in homes in a four-block area between the 1500 block of Wood Street and the 1900 block of Prospect Street, according to a police report.

The first call came shortly after 7 a.m. after a neighbor saw a man try to enter a home in the 1500 block of Wood Street but couldn’t get in because it was tied shut, according to the report. The neighbor scared the man away and followed him for a while in his pickup, the report said.

A man told police that a man he was sleeping in a chair in the living room of his home in the 1600 block of Wood Street and was awakened by a noise in the adjoining kitchen. He yelled out, “Hello,” thinking it was his son getting something from the kitchen.

He looked up and saw a man, apparently out of breath, standing in the middle of the dining room. The man walked back into the kitchen and, when the homeowner followed, the man fled, the report said.

A woman reported to police that a man had walked through the back door of her home in the 1600 block of Wood but was spooked when her husband said, “Hello,” and bolted, the report said.

Police set up a loose perimeter in the area and spotted a man fitting the interloper’s description trying to enter the back door of a home in the 1400 block of North Street. He responded to their order to come to them and was arrested, according to the report.

Stanles, who told police he had been using marijuana and Adderall, was arrested on two counts of criminal trespass, one count of disorderly conduct and another for felony bail jumping. He was charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court Monday and held on a signature bond and probation hold.

Nothing was reported stolen from any of the entered homes, which were not locked, according to the report.


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