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Festgrounds burglar appears in court

Brad Williams

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Breaking into the Oktoberfest office at night led to a cell in the county jail for a La Crosse man.

Now, Lucas Armstrong will need $10,000 cash to get out of jail.

Armstrong was discovered at the fest headquarters on Thursday by an employee showing up for work. 

Fest officials found the main office trashed, leaving extensive property damage, and police believe Armstrong was looking for something to steal.

A report He had two apparently stolen business credit cards on him, for Festival Foods and Kwik Trip.

Armstrong says he broke into the building because of an addiction to meth.

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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