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New London, Minn., teen caught by DNA pleads to motor vehicle theft

WILLMAR -- Jake Andrew Doty, 19, of New London, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of motor vehicle theft for stealing and damaging a snowmobile last March.

As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge of property damage will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 28.

According to the complaint against Doty, DNA evidence was recovered from blood on the sled's damaged windshield and on a stocking cap found where the machine had been run through a barbed wire fence. It matched DNA collected from Doty by search warrant.

The charges were filed after a rural Spicer resident reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office on March 12 that two snowmobiles had been taken from his residence. One had been returned, with a broken windshield. The other sled was located at another property. The value was estimated at $1,250 for the both. The damage to the windshield was estimated at $120.

DNA blood evidence was collected from the windshield and clothing items found near where the barbed wire fence was damaged.

A woman reported that Doty told her that he had gotten cuts on his face and neck, some that required stitches, by running a snowmobile through a fence. Doty denied taking either of the snowmobiles when questioned by investigators.

Investigators were granted a search warrant to collect DNA from Doty, which was sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

BCA results showed that Doty's DNA matched all four items sent to the agency for analysis.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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