Dell Rapids man arrested for stealing pickup and tractor in Lake County

A Dell Rapids man has been arrested in an incident that happened Friday morning in Lake County.  Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg said that just after 4:00 Friday morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 1995 GMC pickup stolen from a rural residence in the Chester area, near 464th Avenue and 243rd Street.  Walburg said that while taking the stolen vehicle report, Lake County Communications received another report of a John Deere tractor that was in a field trying to pull out a pickup that was stuck in the field.  He said the vehicle stuck in the field was the stolen pickup from the Chester area, and the tractor was also stolen from a residence near 235th Street and 456th Avenue.  Walburg said a Madison Police Officer attempted to make contact with the suspect from the stolen tractor, but he fled, and the tractor then went off the roadway into a slough, partially submerged in water.  Arrested was 33-year-old Marty Simonsen of Dell Rapids.  Simonsen was arrested on two counts of Grand Theft, along with Aggravated Assault, Driving Under the Influence, and Simple Assault on Law Enforcement.

Walburg said that during the investigation, it was also determined that Simonsen had entered another unoccupied shed near 459th Avenue and 241st Street, and was charged with Unlawful Occupancy in connection with that incident.

Simonsen is being held in the Lake County Jail on ten-thousand dollars cash bond.

Walburg said the tractor’s value is estimated at 75-thousand dollars, and the pickup is estimated at two-thousand dollars.