UPDATE: Merrill man who admits to stealing bras will head to trial
MERRILL (WAOW) -
UPDATE - An October trial date is set for the man who told Newsline 9 he stole bras from a breast cancer awareness display in Merrill.
Christopher Tveten faces a disorderly conduct charge in Lincoln County. A jury trial is set for October 15th.
A Merrill man has admitted to Newsline 9 he stole bras from a breast cancer awareness display.
Christopher Tveten, 40, was arrested just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. He now faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
According to charging documents, an officer on patrol around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday noticed bras hanging at the "Bras Across the Bridge" display had just been cut. Police say a witness also called to report seeing a man cutting down the bras. When officers tracked down the suspect, Christopher Tveten, they say they found about 80 bras in and around his vehicle.
Authorities say the bras had been hung on a downtown bridge to promote breast cancer awareness and the "Relay for Life" event in Merrill this week.
In a phone conversation with Newsline 9 Tuesday afternoon, Tveten admitted he cut down the bras.
"That's not how I view breast cancer awareness by hanging bras all over the place," Tveten told Newsline 9's Daniel Woodruff.
Tveten also said he hadn't been drinking at all before the incident. He declined an on-camera interview.
Organizers of the "Bras Across the Bridge" project decided not to press charges, according to charging documents. They told Newsline 9 they didn't want to comment on what happened, but one woman who arrived early Tuesday morning to help re-string the bras said she was very disappointed.
Organizers also told Newsline 9 they planned to use a lift Tuesday night to string up the display high above the bridge. They say strong winds had brought some of the lines down that were hung on Sunday, making them easy to reach from the bridge.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff said he's disappointed the display was tampered with, and he's working with organizers to make sure the display is not in reach of pedestrians.
Meantime, Tveten is free on a $1,000 signature bond. His next court date is scheduled for August 30.