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Second thief pleads guilty to involvement in truck heist

Published 10:36am Monday, February 4, 2013

The second of two men involved in a series of vehicle thefts from August 2011 is guilty.

Aaron Michael Anderson, 33, of Rochester, changed his plea to guilty on two counts of felony vehicle theft Friday in Mower County Court.

Months ago, Jeffrey Myles Folkert, 44, of Rochester, was convicted of felony vehicle theft and sentenced to five years’ supervised probation and 100 hours of community service in the same case. He received a stay of imposition on another felony vehicle theft charge.

According to the court complaint, witnesses say Anderson and Folkert collaborated in stealing vehicles from Nicol’s Auto in Lansing. The owner of Nicol’s reported someone stole a 1998 Chevy truck from the property that contained spare tires and $600 worth of motocross gear on Aug. 18, 2011. Then, on Aug. 23, 2011, the owner again reported a 1972, Chevy truck worth $10,000 stolen. Surveillance video from Rochester also links one truck to a stolen flatbed trailer. Police later found removed license plates to the 1998 Chevy, as well.

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