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Man who allegedly rammed Porsche through impound fence to steal back his Nissan pleads not guilty

Brad Williams

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Benjamin Gjere of Lanesboro appears in La Crosse County court on a charge of taking his car from an impound lot

A Lanesboro, Minn., man pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing his own car from an impound lot in Onalaska. 

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Police say Benjamin Gjere and another person broke into the lot at Del’s Auto last week, using a Porsche in the yard to smash through the fence, so the 20-year-old could drive his own Nissan Altima out. 

Gjere entered the plea Thursday, instead of going through a preliminary hearing. 

Gjere has been given a signature bond, and is due back in court in January. 

The theft attempt and property damage were captured on security video.     

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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