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1/8/2013 1:28:00 PM
Burglary adds to personal tragedy

By Tara Lindquist

"Lock your doors, watch for suspicious vehicles around your home and please look out for your neighbors."

That's the message John Baier of Claremont wants to pass on to citizens of Dodge County.

On December 7, Baier discovered his home, that he has been working on for several years had been broken into. Pulling up to the property that day, he saw the gate had been tampered with and knew something wasn't right. Walking up to the house he observed the garage door was open about three feet and the front door was shut but when he opened the door he found it to be unlocked.

Walking inside he found the home he has spent the last eleven years building had been burglarized. Walking in the house he discovered extension cords, floor lamps, three 250-foot roles of copper wiring were gone. In the garage he discovered there were drill bits, three garbage cans full of copper wire, flat dryer cords, copper fitting and pipes missing. In the basement, which is accessible through a glass patio door, he had left a two-wheeled cart; the cart had been moved to the driveway. The cart was presumably used to carry out the wood pellet stove that was in the basement. Other items that were missing were siding tools, drills and miscellaneous construction equipment.

Baier began building his home eleven years ago, so his son, Shannon, who has special needs, could have some independence while still living at home with John and his wife Denice. Shortly after he began building the home, another son, David committed suicide. He stopped....Read the rest in the Star Herald.


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