Former Lake Geneva employee charged with theft

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Gazette staff
Thursday, July 17, 2014

MADISON—A special prosecutor on Tuesday charged a former employee of the Lake Geneva Utility Commission with the theft of a trailer kept in an enclosed city lot.

Robert R. Leber Jr., 51, of W300 Circle Dr., Genoa City, is accused of taking the trailer from a streets department lot and keeping it at his home.

According to the criminal complaint filed by assistant Attorney General Annie Jay in Walworth County Court, the truck belonged to a man who said he received permission from the then-streets superintendent to park it in the enclosed lot.

The man said he had stored the trailer there between June and November 2012, when he noticed it missing.

An anonymous tip in February 2014 led Lake Geneva police to the trailer in Leber's yard in the village of Bloomfield, according to the complaint.

Leber told police he used a city truck and the trailer in November 2012 to move from one house to another. He said he returned the equipment but then used his personal vehicle to remove the trailer a few days later, according to the complaint.

Leber told police he had permission from the former streets superintendent to take the trailer, which the superintendent denied to police, according to the complaint.

Leber's initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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