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Guy who swam to island to avoid police, after allegedly stealing from Menard’s could get jail time



The 19-year-old rescued from a La Crosse River island after an alleged theft at Menard’s faces several months in jail, if he’s convicted.

Thomas Coleman of La Crosse was just convicted last month of three misdemeanors, including theft.

Thursday, Coleman was spotted stealing from the Menard’s on Lang Drive, before running into the marsh and swimming to an island where he tried to hide behind a tree.

Coleman was picked up in an inflatable boat and brought to the riverbank and arrested.

He has already pleaded not guilty to two new misdemeanors.

Police said Coleman took tools, including a circular saw, adding up to more than $200.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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