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January 21, 2020

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Local man accused in food card/ID theft case charged with violating bond
Abigail Bostwick
Of The Lakeland Times

An area man charged with stealing identities and food cards for financial gain has now been accused of violating bond.

Anthony Comella, 28, formerly of Rhinelander and now of Eagle River, is awaiting an arraignment and pre-trial conference in Vilas County Circuit Court on numerous felony charges. Comella is accused of taking a local person's ATM card and several electronics in March. Nearly $1,600 was used in total without authorization around Oneida and Vilas counties, according to court records.

New charges

In mid-November, Comella was a passenger in a car traveling on U.S. Highway 51 that was pulled over by an Oneida County deputy. The driver was issued field sobriety tests. Shortly after, Comella took off on foot from the car into the woods, court reports indicate.

Officers found Comella to be out on bond and suspected him of drinking - in violation of that bond - and called out to him to stop, criminal complaints read.

An officer caught up to Comella after he "...fell face first into the snow," the complaint states.

In that incident, Comella is charged with obstructing an officer and four counts of felony bail jumping in Oneida County.

Other charges

In the identify theft case filed earlier this year, search warrant served at Comella's then-home in Eagle River uncovered another person's food card, several computers, paperwork, cellphones, hard and thumb drives, folders with various people's names and identifiers, a debit card of another person, in addition to various prescriptions, the criminal complaint states. There, Comella is charged with burglary, three counts misappropriate ID for money, unauthorized use of food stamps and knowingly traffic food stamps - each as a repeat offender plus misdemeanor theft, credit card theft and four counts financial transaction with a card/fraudulent use.

Comella also faces six counts of felony bail jumping/repeater, disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon and criminal damage to property, all as a repeat offender. In that matter, Comella is accused of violated bond by slashing tires and threatening someone with a knife during an altercation involving three men at a house on State Road 70, the complaint states.

In another felony case in Vilas County, Comella is facing felony bail jumping/repeater and disorderly conduct/repeater, and two counts felony bail jumping and resisting/obstructing an officer. Comella is represented by public defender Attorney Adam Snavely on the various charges. He may not have contact with the any of the alleged victims or the places where the crimes are alleged to have occurred and he must maintain total sobriety as part of his signature bonds.

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