Arrests made in theft of $30k of grain
Using a “borrowed” grain truck, two local men and one juvenile were allegedly hauling and selling stolen seed wheat last week, after which they were arrested by McHenry County authorities on March 5.
Caleb Pister, 22, Levi Heil, 19, and one juvenile, all from Velva and the surrounding area, were arrested on theft of property charges for stealing and then selling approximately 3,100 bushels of clean seed wheat, valued at $9.75 a bushel.
According to Chief Deputy Trey Skager of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation began on Tues., March 3, when he received a call from Dakota Midland Grain in Voltaire.
“They reported they thought they had some missing grain because there was grain on the ground under one of their big bins,” Skager said. “We went out, took photos and tire prints, and started the investigation.”