A Mauston man faces criminal charges after police say he attempted to burglarize a building.
Matthew Skiff, 28, is charged with attempted burglary of a building, criminal damage to property and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. He faces up to six years and three months imprisonment for the first charge.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Mauston police officer was dispatched to a restaurant on North Union Street for an attempted burglary and criminal damage to property.
Upon arriving at the restaurant, the officer was informed a male subject attempted to enter the building and take bicycles locked nearby. The phone line to the building was also cut. Through security footage, the officer observed the male subject to be a white male wearing a baseball hat, short sleeved shirt and pants.
The subject attempted to gain access to the building through the north door of the building and tried to cut the cable lock securing multiple bicycles to the building. The subject eventually took notice of the camera and cut the phone line in attempt to disable it. He was also recorded “forcefully twisting the camera to a different direction.”
While attempting to disable the camera, footage of the subject’s face was captured clearly and up close. The officer also observed a tattoo “running the length” of the subject’s arm and a bracelet on the subject’s right wrist.
The restaurant owner stated there were previous issues with an individual attempting to gain access into the building, which led to the camera being installed. A pair of red handled needle nose pliers was found next to the bikes.
Juneau County Deputies and Mauston Police arrested two subjects Aug. 15. One of the subjects was identified as Matthew Skiff.
Skiff was found to have a tattoo on his right arm matching the subject’s in the security footage. He was also wearing a bracelet matching the subject’s.
Skiff is currently in the Juneau County Jail. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Juneau County Justice Center.