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Published July 03, 2010, 03:16 PM

Stolen farm equipment found; Manvel man charged with theft

The discovery of a number of farm implements believed to be stolen has led to the arrest of a rural Manvel, N.D., man.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

The discovery of a number of farm implements believed to be stolen has led to the arrest of a rural Manvel, N.D., man.

Rodney Ray Chisholm, 45, was arrested Friday after deputies found in his possession two skid-steer loaders, 10 buckets for skid-steer loaders, several utility trailers, a hay binder, an all-terrain vehicle and numerous hand tools, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The items were seized during searches of a home in rural Manvel and a property in rural Mekinock, N.D. At both locations, search warrants were served on Chisholm.

The items recovered had been reported stolen within the past few years in Grand Forks, Cass and Walsh counties in North Dakota and in Marshall and Polk counties in Minnesota. Serial and model numbers on the items reportedly had been removed.

The department says the investigation into this case remains open and may result in more charges.

Chisholm is charged with two counts of felony theft. He is set for a preliminary hearing Aug. 4.

He’s being held at the Grand Forks County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A message left for him there was not immediately returned this afternoon.

In light of the seizures, anyone who has reported a theft in the area in the last few years is encouraged to call the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department at (701) 780-8280.

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