BURNETT COUNTY -- A Webster, WI man is facing felony charges in Burnett County Circuit Court following an investigation into the theft of a Camper from the Camper Corral. Felony charges of Aiding a Felon have also been filed against the man's grandmother for attempting to falsify information relating to the criminal investigation.
A criminal complaint had been filed against Matthew Bambery of Webster, WI, charging him with the theft of a camper from the Camper Corral in Burnett County, WI. The criminal complaint states that on June 21, 2017, the Burnett County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a theft of a camper from the Camper Corral located in the Township of Meenon in Burnett County. Surveillance footage had captured a pick-up truck coming into the Camper Corral at around 9:30 PM on June 20, 2017. Approximately 5 minutes later, the pick-up truck was seen on security camera footage, leaving the Camper Corral pulling a camper behind it.
On June 21, 2017, DrydenWire.com published a post based on a press release from the Burnett County Sheriff's Office, seeking the public's help in their investigation into the stolen camper.
Detectives of the Burnett County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in Wood River Township on June 27, 2017, regarding a camper that appeared to be the same camper reported stolen from the Camper Corral on June 21, 2017. Two small dogs were found inside the camper with tags identifying their owner as Matthew Bambery.
According to the criminal complaint, detectives spoke to the homeowner of the property where the camper was located. He advised that Matthew Bambery had asked if he could park a camper which he had just purchased on the homeowner's property. The homeowner had agreed to allow Bambery to park the camper there, however, he told investigators that he had later seen reports on the internet regarding a stolen camper, and he suspected the camper that Bambery brought to his property was the stolen camper.
Two more male subjects were located on the property by detectives, and ultimately, one of them was identified as Matthew Bambery. When law enforcement ordered Bambery to show his hands, he did not immediately comply, but instead reportedly told officers, “F**k You!” One of the officers on scene told Bambery to show his hands so that he didn't get shot, and he put down the dog he was carrying and yelled, “Just f**king shoot me!” After that Bambery did comply with officers orders and put his hands out and then got down onto the ground, however, Bambery then allegedly threatened to kill the officer when he got out of jail.
The other male party on the scene spoke to law enforcement and advised them that Bambery told him he had purchased the camper from a female, and that he was peeling the sticker decals off the camper so that it could be painted black to match his GMC truck. Law enforcement reportedly was able to confirm that the camper was indeed the same camper as the one which had been reported as stolen.
Bambery was placed under arrest for the theft of the camper.
A criminal complaint was filed against Cynthia Peterson, Bambery's grandmother, on August 10, 2017, charging her with Class G Felony Aiding a Felon – Falsifying Information after law enforcement confirmed that she had cooperated with Bambery in attempting to remotely delete information from his phone. According to the criminal complaint filed against Peterson, on June 29, 2017, she came to the Burnett County Jail to attempt to bail Bambery out of jail. At that time, officers advised Peterson that she was being placed under arrest for attempting to destroy evidence in a criminal investigation. Peterson reportedly told officers that she should have known it was wrong. The criminal complaint goes on to state that Peterson admitted to attempting to remotely wipe all the information from Bambery's phone.
Bambery appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court for a bail hearing on June 29, 2017, at which time a cash bond of $500.00 was set with a condition that Bambery was not allowed to contact the Camper Corral. Public record indicates that on July 3, 2017, Bambery was placed on a signature bond at a second bail hearing. No record of any bail bond is listed for Peterson.
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