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September 13, 2013

Machinery thefts result in arrests

Authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with a multi-county series of machinery thefts.

Sheriff’s departments in Watonwan, Martin and Jackson counties as well as in Emmet County, Iowa, recovered a number of stolen items in the investigation, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

The stolen items are valued at about $250,000 and include a John Deere tractor, an Agway bale carrier with 11 bales, a backhoe, a New Holland square baler and a hayrack, among numerous other pieces of equipment.

Martin County had Bryan Poppe, 20, of rural Trimont in custody as well as a juvenile. Jackson County had one other suspect in custody.

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