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Five arrests break Marcus hog theft ring

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department has arrested and charged five Marcus-area men with felony counts of hog theft and money laundering after a month-long investigation.

According to the Sheriff's Department, an investigation into the theft of hogs from confinement buildings in rural Cherokee County has revealed that such thefts have occurred in the last 10 months and approximately 176 hogs were stolen and transported for sale at area sale barns. More than $12,000 was paid to the thieves when the hogs were sold, according to the Sheriff's Department reports.

The following men were arrested and charged on Friday, June 4:

*John Michael Zimmer, 18, of Marcus, charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft 2nd degree, and money laundering. At the time of Zimmer's arrest, his 2009 Ford F250 (pickup) was seized, pending forfeiture.

*William Tyler Hanson, 18, of Marcus, charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft 2nd degree, and money laundering.

*Steven Wayne Gleiser, of rural Marcus, charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft 2nd degree, and money laundering.

*Tyler John Brady, of rural Remsen, charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft 1st degree, and money laundering.

*Andrew William Meyer, 24, of rural Marcus, charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft 2nd degree, and money laundering. At the time of his arrest, his 2005 Ford F250 (pickup) was seized, pending forfeiture.

Ongoing criminal conduct is a Class B felony with a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.

Money laundering is a Class C felony with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Theft 1st degree is a Class C felony with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Theft 2nd degree is a Class D felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years, and a maximum fine of $7,500.

All five men were arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Jail. The Sheriff's Department reported that the arrests close the investigation.



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