Minnetonka man gets 30 days for felony theft

Charles Robert Pederson, 60, Minnetonka, was convicted July 2 of felony theft in Morrison County District Court.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Dec. 21, 2013 by a car dealership in Little Falls  and told Pederson took a Ford Expedition out for a test drive and did not return.

Officers contacted Pederson’s ex-wife who said she conducted a child custody exchange with Pederson in Braham that afternoon and that he was driving a Ford Expedition.

Several hours later, officers discovered the stolen vehicle in a parking lot near Pederson’s residence in Little Falls. They placed him under arrest for theft of a motor vehicle. He admitted he did not have contact with the car dealer after he drove the vehicle off the lot.

Pederson was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for the 17 days already served, fined $135 and placed on supervised probation for five years.

Pederson was also given a stay of imposition which means if he successfully completes the full term of his probation, his conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.