Plover Man Gets Probation, Ordered to pay Restitution in Vandalism Cases

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A 28-year-old Plover man convicted of vandalizing a church and several homes during separate incidents has been ordered to spend four years on probation, pay more than $5,500 in restitution, and serve 200 hours of community service.

In May, Michael Bahrke pleaded no contest to criminal damage and theft after prosecutors say he broke 14 windows and stole a surveillance camera from Good Shepherd Lutheran in Plover on July 24, 2013. A charge of burglary was dismissed in exchange for the pleas. The damage to the church was estimated to be around $3,600. Bahrke was also convicted of vandalizing a Plover neighborhood. Investigators said during the Nov. 2 crime spree there were 13 incidents of vandalism including windshield wipers torn off car, motion lights to homes broken and taillights smashed out of vehicles. According to the criminal complaint, the most serious incident involved an outside faucet to a home being turned on; flooding the basement of the home.

Court documents said Bahrke dropped his cellphone at one of the crime scenes.

The plea hearing consolidated three open felony cases.

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