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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for April 26.

Stolen, burned pickups under investigation

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office is investigating the theft and burning of two pickups over the weekend.

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The first vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Silverado, was found burning around 5 a.m. Sunday in Swift County. It had been stolen from along Long Lake Road in rural Willmar.

The second pickup, a 1999 Dodge Dakota, was found burned and damaged around 10:15 a.m. Monday near the intersection of 120th Street and County Road 27 Northwest. It was reported stolen around 8:20 a.m. Monday along 15th Street Northwest in rural Willmar.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts and fires is asked to call the sheriff's office at 320-235-1260 or call Crimestoppers at 320-235-3640. Tipsters can also text to "willstopcrime" and their tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a package was reported around 7 p.m. Sunday along the 600 block of First Street South.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle and the siphoning of gas from its gas tank was reported around 7:45 a.m. Monday along the 800 block of 11th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a window, possibly caused by a BB gun, was reported around 9:25 a.m. Monday along the 1600 block of Dana Drive Southeast.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 34-year-old Willmar woman was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and child endangerment around 11:45 p.m. Sunday along the 400 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast.

Fire

ATWATER -- The Atwater and Kandiyohi fire departments were called to extinguish a shed fire around 3:35 a.m. Monday at 16460 15th Ave. S.E.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Michael James Lish, 18, of Grove City, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended gross misdemeanor charge of theft of a snowmobile from a rural Atwater residence and leaving it stuck in a drainage ditch.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony and another felony theft charge will be dismissed and he will pay $135 in restitution. He will be sentenced June 2.

Lish and Andrew Charles Wyman, 17, of Willmar, are charged in the case. Wyman also faces two felony theft charges. His next appearance is Thursday.

The complaint says that a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called on Dec. 26 to the residence near Atwater.

On the way, the deputy spotted a black Polaris stuck in a drainage ditch along County Road 4. The owner of the sled positively identified the snowmobile as the one stolen from his place.

The deputy took photos of the footprints in the snow on the place and near where the snowmobile was recovered. Wyman allegedly told a Willmar police officer that "Mike" had taken the snowmobile and got it stuck. He said Mike lived in an apartment building in Atwater.

On Dec. 27, a detective went to the building and matched the tread of boots found outside of Lish's apartment to those in the photos taken by the deputy.

Lish was interviewed and admitted that he and Wyman walked to the rural residence twice, the first time they unloaded the snowmobiles and the second time they returned with snowmobile gear so that Wyman could ride the one snowmobile away. He admitted to taking the snowmobile and getting it stuck.

Wyman said that he also took a gas can, which he later returned to the sheriff's office.

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