Merrill man charged with Christmas Day bar burglary pleads not guilty

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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- The 40-year-old Merrill man charged with breaking into a rural Lincoln County bar on Christmas has pleaded not guilty.

Bradley Graap is charged with burglary, possession of burglarious tools, criminal damage to property and theft after investigators said he broke into Z's Fork Horners near Gleason in the Town of Schley.

The owner, Ken Zettelmeier said his employees closed the bar at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The bar had surveillance cameras. The suspect is seen breaking through a door and heading for the video poker machines. The delayed alarm sounded 30-seconds later and startled the suspect. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Investigators said about a mile down the road the night of the burglary they found gloves, a hat, and piece of cloth. Those items were collected and swabbed for DNA. According to court documents, investigators said the DNA matched Graap.

A judge also ruled Thursday there is enough evidence for the case to head to trial.

He’s in jail on $5,000 cash bond.