When a pickup stolen from Little Falls was found in Rice, it was pulling an enclosed snowmobile trailer and four snowmobiles, valued at $36,000, stolen from Polk County, Wis.
Early Thursday morning, a 2010 black Ford pickup was reported stolen in Little Falls, and anyone with information was encouraged to call the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday evening, just after 8 p.m., someone recognized the $10,000 pickup in the McDonald’s parking lot in Rice.
A Rice police officer found the pickup matching the description, but with difference license plates, found to have been stolen from another vehicle.
The officer found Daryl Duane Breden, 30, from Randall, loading bags into the bed of the truck.
The criminal complaint said Breden initially told the officer he was asked by a friend to drive the vehicle from a gas station to the parking lot. He ultimately admitted he knew the vehicle, trailer and snowmobiles were stolen, but wouldn’t give the names of those who actually took the items.
Breden was arrested and charged Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, with felony counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving/possession of stolen property.
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Royalton Police Department and the Rice Police Department worked together on finding the stolen vehicle.
Breden faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or $20,000 on each count.