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Published August 06, 2009, 08:40 AM

Iowa man sentenced in tractor theft case

WATERLOO, Iowa - A Charles City man accused of stealing and then selling John Deere tractors has been given a suspended prison sentence and probation.

By: AP wire report, West Central Tribune, The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa - A Charles City man accused of stealing and then selling John Deere tractors has been given a suspended prison sentence and probation.

Gaylen Hicok, a former John Deere employee, was arrested in June 2008.

Police say he stole 12 tractors or implements and either sold them or used them personally over the course of 17 months. The equipment had an estimate value of $313,000.

Hicok pleaded guilty in April to five counts of first-degree theft and four counts of second-degree theft.

A judge on Monday imposed a 10-year suspended prison sentence and fines and fees of over $28,000.

Hicok also has paid over $170,000 in restitution.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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