Man charged with attempt to steal farm equipment
It was a long night in Hampton as Dakota County Sheriff's deputies tracked down a man they believe attempted to steal over $1,700 worth of farm equipment.
On Nov. 24, a deputy was on patrol a doing a premise check of a Hampton farm equipment business. The officer noticed a suspicious truck in front of the business, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Dakota County attorney's office.
The white pickup truck was registered to Shane Anthony Pavelka. The truck was not occupied, but the keys were still in the ignition. There was farm equipment in the bed of the truck and on the ground nearby that belonged to the business.
At 2 a.m. the police received a call about a man walking in the median of Highway 52 at County Road 88, a route Pavelka could have taken home. When police confronted Pavelka he claimed that his truck broke down in Inver Grove Heights and someone must have stolen it. When police told him his shoes matched footprints found at the scene, he told them, he and a guy he met at a bar went there to find scrap metal.
Pavelka is being charged with felony theft and could face up to two and a half years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.