Brian J. Weber, 45, a former Turtle Lake man now being held in the Oneida County Jail in Rhinelander, has been sentenced to two years in prison after his probation was revoked Monday, June 17, 2019, in connection with the theft of a van in Barron County nearly two years ago.
Court documents said Weber must serve the sentence consecutive to an unrelated 2018 forgery conviction in La Crosse County.
A search by nine law enforcement officers resulted in the recovery of a stolen Ford Windstar van on U.S. Hwy. 53 at Cameron, according to a complaint filed Sept. 8, 2017.
The vehicle owner told dispatchers she left the motor running while she went into a home in Turtle Lake to speak to a friend. When she came out, the van was gone.
The woman said that when she was on her way to see the friend, she saw a man leaving a nearby bar.
Later that evening, one of Weber’s relatives called authorities to identify him as the possible thief. Another witness said Weber phoned him to say “he had stolen a vehicle and was driving (it) to Missouri.”
At about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 7, two sheriff’s deputies located both the vehicle and Weber. One of the deputies found the van parked along U.S. Hwy. 8 near the U.S. Hwy 53 overpass.
A second deputy reached the scene and found and arrested Weber near County Hwy. O and U.S. Hwy. 8, about a mile west of where the vehicle was found.
Weber was sentenced to probation and ordered to reimburse the van owner $1,595 to pay for mechanical damage to the van while he was driving it. The court noted Weber had repaid the owner at the June 17 sentencing hearing.