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Man arrested for Blackhawk Lake thefts
Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson - photo by Iowa County Sheriffs Office

TOWN OF EDEN — A 33-year-old Montfort man was arrested in connection with several reported burglaries near Blackhawk Lake.

Christopher James Johnson was arrested on a probation hold June 21 after reports of a disturbance at Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area.

After the report, Iowa County sheriff’s deputies were told of multiple burglaries in the area, and that an unknown man was staying in a cabin that he had not rented out.

Charges of burglary, trespassing and disorderly conduct are pending. The Sheriff’s Office is also recommending to the Iowa County district attorney’s office four counts of delinquency of a child, two additional counts of burglary, one additional count of trespassing, and charges of possession of burglarious tools, fraud of an innkeeper — nonpayment, possession of stolen property, criminal damage to property and theft.

The Sheriff’s Office said additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues. Anyone with information about burglaries and thefts June 19–20 is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office, 935-3314, or text Nixle at

Johnson was sentenced to one year in prison and one year extended supervision in 2013 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely presenting a noncontrolled substance as a controlled substance, a felony. A charge of manufacture or delivery of up to 3 grams of heroin was dismissed.


Johnson was sentenced to one year in jail in 2011 after he pleaded guilty to party to possession of narcotic drugs as a habitual criminal and party to possession of drug paraphernalia as a habitual criminal. Johnson also has previous convictions for theft of movable property of up to $2,500.