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South Dakota man accused of stealing cows, checks worth more than $300,000

LAKE ANDES, S.D.—A Charles Mix County man is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cattle and feed checks earlier this year.

Aaron Podzimek, of Wagner, allegedly stole cattle worth $301,871.30 and feed checks worth approximately $47,000 at some point between Feb. 1 and July 31.

On Thursday, Podzimek was indicted on charges of grand theft of more than $100,000 and less than $500,000.01, a Class 3 felony, and grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, a Class 4 felony.

An arrest warrant was issued for Podzimek on Friday, Sept. 21, and he was arrested on Saturday afternoon, said Craig Parkhurst, the state's attorney for Douglas County, who was appointed to replace Charles Mix County State's Attorney Steven Cotton after Cotton filed a request for another attorney to prosecute the case, as he said he had a conflict of interest.

Parkhurst declined to provide more details on the specifics of the events leading up to Podzimek's charges.

Following his arrest, Podzimek posted bond. He is scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 29.

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