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PR man charged in Jeep theft and sale to auto dealership

A Park Rapids man will make his first appearance Nov. 20 in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft.

Michael Nicholas Thelen Jr., 39, of 37075 County Road 127, Park Rapids, is accused of taking a 1979 yellow Jeep from a Becker County residence, on or around Oct. 10.

According to the criminal complaint, the stolen vehicle was subsequently found at Schaefer Auto in Menahga. The defendant was identified as the person who allegedly sold the vehicle to the dealership "for scrap," as the vehicle was not drivable at the time.