A Cambria man recently received a federal prison sentence after he was found guilty of trafficking stolen property. The DeForest Police Department contributed to the investigation, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Gene Sauer, 49, of Cambria, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 42 months in federal prison for interstate trafficking of stolen property. Sauer pleaded guilty to the offense on Sept. 18. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals to begin serving his sentence immediately following the sentencing, according to the release. The final amount of restitution owed to victims will be determined at a hearing on Feb. 15.

Over a two-year period, Sauer stole at eight skid steer loaders from construction sites in Wisconsin, and transported them to an implement dealer in Illinois, where they were later resold, according to the release. Sauer took the skid steer loaders to Illinois so they would more difficult for law enforcement to find. Sauer has four previous felony theft-related convictions.

Sauer’s co-defendant in three of the thefts, Daniel Grupe, 26, pleaded guilty to interstate trafficking of stolen property on Sept. 19. His sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec. 13.

The charges against the Gene Sauer and Daniel Grupe were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the DeForest Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Green Lake County Sherriff’s Office, the Sun Prairie Police Department, and the Illinois State Police. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

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