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Kandiyohi County charges Scheel with theft

Gregory Scheel

WILLMAR — Legal issues continue to compound for Gregory Allen Scheel, 34, the Paynesville man accused of killing his grandparents in March.

Kandiyohi County prosecutors on Wednesday filed a felony theft charge against Scheel. He is expected to make his first appearance on the charge Aug. 16.

Scheel is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2 in Stearns County where he was indicted on first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of Wilbert Scheel, 90, and Gloria Scheel, 80, on March 21 at their home in Paynesville. Their bodies were recovered the next day in a vehicle in northern Kandiyohi County.

Scheel is scheduled for a hearing July 31 in Chippewa County District Court. Prosecutors there charged him in December 2017 with misdemeanor theft, gross misdemeanor escape from custody, two first-degree felony burglary, felony third-degree burglary and misdemeanor driving while impaired.

The criminal complaint in Chippewa County alleges that Scheel stole a package off a porch at a Chippewa County residence on Dec. 19, 2017. He allegedly fled while being booked in the Chippewa County Jail on suspicion of theft that day.

He was found the next morning in a Montevideo garage. He had allegedly constructed a weapon from wood trim, metal construction spikes and an electrical cord. The court documents state the weapon might have been able to be plugged in and used to electrocute someone, as well as stab them.

In Kandiyohi County, authorities charge that sometime in either late November or early December of 2017 he stole a go-kart valued at $1,500 from a man he knew. The theft was reported Jan. 9 to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office. An investigating officer located the go-kart hidden under a school bus on property owned by the defendant's father. It was missing its engine.

According to the complaint, an individual who knew Scheel told the officer that Scheel had previously asked him to pick up a go-kart with him, but he did not do so. The individual said that Scheel had intended to sell it, but a prospective buyer would not purchase it due to concerns that the go-kart belonged to someone else.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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