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A man from Danbury was caught after taking a postal truck from the Grantsburg Post Office. It was recovered by authorities after the truck’s GPS tracking system was activated.

Michael P. Lunsman, 51, Danbury, has been charged with one count of take/drive vehicle with consent – abandon vehicle. It is a class A misdemeanor charge if defined as “the defendant abandoned the vehicle without damage within 24 hours after the vehicle was taken from the possession of the owner” by the Wisconsin legislature.

According to the criminal complaint, the Grantsburg Police Department received information about a truck stolen from behind the Grantsburg Post Office, 201 N. Pine Street.

Grantsburg PD reported the information came from someone who said the truck was in the parking lot around 7 a.m. on July 2 and at 12:30 p.m. the truck was gone.

Police then found out the keys to the truck were left in the center counsel. They also found out that the truck had a GPS unit in it and the post office could track the tuck.

Burnett County Sheriff’s Office then took over the search for the truck. The GPS unit had been activated and was mapped to a Hayden Lake Road address in the town of Oakland.

Authorities then spoke with the residents Richard Connors and Michael Lunsman.

Lunsman allegedly told an officer, “The truck was at his house because he was in Grantsburg this morning and needed to get home.”

There was no damage done to the truck.

The misdemeanor charge comes with the potential of 9 months imprisoned, a $10,000 fine or both.

Lunsman failed to appear at his initial appearance scheduled for July 24. He was then issued a bench warrant by Judge Melissia Mogen.