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Not guilty plea entered for man accused in Clyman bar break in

May 9, 2019

JUNEAU — A Clyman man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of breaking into a Clyman tavern.

Kaleb Thomas Reardon, 22, is one of the two men charged in the break-in at Mercer-T’s Bar, 962 Main St. He and Matthew David Schneider, 19, face felony counts of burglary and misdemeanor theft charges. In addition, Reardon is charged with felony bail jumping and Schneider is charged with misdemeanor bail jumping.

Reardon, who is currently in the Dodge County Jail, appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer. Schneider’s arraignment is May 22.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported the morning of March 31 that a side door was broken and some lights were on in the bar. When deputies arrived at the bar, they found a long metal pole outside of the door and the damage to the side door.

The owner reported numerous liquor bottles, cigarettes and money were missing, with a total loss estimated at $425. There also were liquor bottles left on the counter.

According to the criminal complaint, Schneider was suspected by an associate of the bar because he had been hanging around the bar and they believed he had been stealing other things around town. Schneider had also been staying with Reardon in an apartment near the bar.

According to the criminal complaint, the stolen items were found in Reardon’s apartment. Both men were taken into custody and Schneider allegedly admitted to breaking into the bar after Reardon suggested going there for some beer. He told the deputy that Reardon had returned later and taken cigarettes, a bucket of coins and some food.

Reardon allegedly admitted to breaking into the tavern and taking the items but said did not know whose idea it was to break into the bar.