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Stearns County seeks public's help to find criminal

ST. CLOUD -- The Stearns County Sheriff's Office requests the public's help in locating Nathan Richard Johnson, 22, address unknown, for multiple crimes in the county and region.

ST. CLOUD -- The Stearns County Sheriff's Office requests the public's help in locating Nathan Richard Johnson, 22, address unknown, for multiple crimes in the county and region.

According to a news release from Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold, Johnson is wanted for multiple vehicle thefts and break-ins, identity theft, passing stolen checks and using stolen credit cards. The crimes have happened in Stearns, Benton, Morrison, Kandiyohi and Wright counties, along with the Twin Cities metro area and the city of St. Cloud.

Many of the vehicle thefts include cars left running with keys inside, cars left unlocked or by breaking a window. Johnson is suspected in at least seven vehicle thefts, plus the thefts of license plates. Investigation shows that stolen checks and credit cards have been used throughout Minnesota.

Authorities have identified Johnson as a suspect through surveillance video and witness statements. He has assumed the identity of one of his victims and provides the victim's driver's license as his own. He has been using victim's checks and credit cards to support himself.

Johnson has an extensive criminal history and is wanted on warrants in Stearns and Hennepin counties. His whereabouts are unknown, but he may be in central Minnesota.

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Citizens are urged to contact their local law enforcement agency with any information on Johnson's location.

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