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A Caledonia man awoke early one morning in August 2016 to find his dog running loose, only to discover hours later that his ATV’s were also stolen and the burglars left his dog out while distracting it from their burglary.

Nicholas A. Matoska, 28, of Racine, was charged Thursday for the burglary.

That morning, he and another man unidentified by a criminal complaint, loaded the mini ATVs into the back of a pickup truck, while a third person distracted the dog.

Matoska identified one of his accomplices to the police, as did a witness who told investigators the accomplice admitted being a part of the crime. But circuit court records do not show charges filed against this person for the burglary.

After the burglary, the stolen ATVs “were taken up north,” according to the criminal complaint.

Matoska is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.