LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A 20-year-old La Crosse man is due in court Wednesday afternoon, after he allegedly stole a video camera from a car, and gave his name while making a recording with it.
Police said the man took the camera from an unlocked car on May 11th, outside the La Crosse home of state Senate GOP candidate Bill Feehan. The camera was owned by Feehan’s spokesman, Chris Rochester. He said he got it back last week.
And when he went to videotape an appearance by Governor Scott Walker on Monday, he found that the alleged thief recorded himself. He said, “This is my house, yes, and a stolen camera that I stole – but it’s okay, the cops won’t figure it out. Oh, yeah, to introduce you, my name is Houaka Yang, so yeah, how do you do?”
Rochester put the video on YouTube, and he entitled it “Stupid Criminal: Dude who stole my handy-cam records himself saying hi.” And as it turned out, the police had their own videos.
They confronted Yang with a home surveillance video which showed him and a 13-year-old accomplice stealing from Feehan’s car and several others.
Yang is charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor theft and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. The teen also faces possible charges.