Man accused of using Porsche to smash through impound fence to get his car out

A Lanesboro man is facing multiple charges after reportedly using a Porsche to bust through fencing at an Onalaska impound lot to get his own vehicle out.

According to a criminal complaint, two people entered Del’s Auto lot on Main Street in Onalaska shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. One man, identified as Benjamin K. Gjere, along with another subject were seen on surveillance footage entering the lot and business. Police believe they were trying to get the keys to Gjere’s Nissan Altima which was impounded the week prior.

The subjects used the Porsche to crash through fencing to create an exit for the Nissan, police said. The Porsche was found, still running, about a half a block away from the business.

Gjere was taken into custody in Winona County following a driving complaint just before midnight on November 10. During an interview with police, Gjere denied being a part of crashing the Porsche through the fencing at Del’s Auto to get his car out, then later admitted it was his idea to steal the car back.

Gjere is facing the following charges: One count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, three counts of criminal damage to property, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor bail jumping.

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