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Lanesboro man gets probation for using Porsche to break impound fence, then steal his own car

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A Lanesboro, Minn., man was given two years probation for driving a car through the fence of an impound lot, to get his own car back.

Benjamin Gjere pleaded no contest this week in La Crosse County court to charges of taking a vehicle without consent, and criminal damage to property. 

Gjere was one of two people suspected of breaking into the Del’s Auto lot in Onalaska last November, because his Nissan was being kept there. 

Police said the suspects drove a Porsche through the fence of the lot, in order to leave a hole big enough to remove Gjere’s own car. 

Gjere is ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution to Del’s and to an insurance company. 

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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