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Oktoberfest burglar gets probation

Brad Williams

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A homeless man who broke into the Oktoberfest headquarters last fall pleads guilty to burglary, and is sentenced to probation. 

Lucas Armstrong has reached plea agreements in three criminal cases. 

La Crosse Police say Armstrong caused extensive vandalism in the fest office and stole business credit cards during the October break-in, just days after the end of the 2019 Oktoberfest. 

Armstrong tells Judge Gloria Doyle that he will try to make changes in his life, to get beyond homelessness and substance abuse.

Doyle referenced the character Yoda in telling Armstrong “There is no try, you must do.”

The judge also says Armstrong is lucky that Oktoberfest and other victims have not demanded restitution from him.

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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