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Vets home reports attempted burglary

A Waupaca man is accused of trying to break into a pharmacy at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

Matthew G. David, 29, is charged with two counts of attempted burglary, one count of criminal damage to property and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, Deputy Bryan Strobusch was dispatched to the veterans home. When he arrived, a security guard showed Strobusch video and photos of a man trying several times to open the doors to the pharmacy in MacArthur Hall. Strobusch recognized the man as David.

Strobusch drove to David’s last known address, where he found a Realtor’s “sold” sign in the front yard.

The deputy then contacted dispatch for updated information on David’s residence and learned David and his girlfriend were living on Pine Lane in Dayton.

Strobusch recognized the address from a traffic complaint earlier that evening about the erratic driving of a silver minivan. The license plate number of the minivan came back to the Dayton address.

Deputies Strobusch, Kyle Wiskirchen and Chad Repinski went to the house and spoke to David.

According to the criminal complaint, David appeared “a little wobbly on his feet” and seemed under the influence of narcotics.

David reportedly said he was at the veterans home. He said he tried to open the door to the pharmacy but did not know where it led, the complaint says.

On March 23, Deputy Pat Gorchals went to the activity room at MacArthur Hall, where staff showed him several stainless steel cabinets that had been pried open. There were also pry marks on an office door.

A resident found a cellphone at MacArthur Hall. It belonged to David, the complaint says.

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