A Coon Rapids resident who owns a towing company in Blaine faces two felony charges in Anoka County District Court.
Christopher William Frovik, 33, 10827 Yellow Pine St. N.W., was arraigned in court Jan. 14 on charges of receiving stolen property (over $35,000) and motor vehicle theft.
Frovik was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Feb. 26.
In January 2012, Coon Rapids Police Det. Dave Westberg received information that there was a stolen yellow “bobcat machine” with tracks instead of wheels at Frovik’s Towing, 1870 Radisson Road N.E., Blaine, according to the complaint.
After observing a yellow colored tracked Caterpillar brand model 257B2 skid steer parked inside the fenced yard of Frovik’s Towing, Westberg contacted the National Insurance Crime Bureau supervisory special agent and learned that only one Caterpillar model 257B2 had been reported stolen since January 2011. He was provided the model year and the serial number.
Executing a search warrant at Frovik’s Towing, officers located the yellow skid steer model 257B2 that was in the yard and when they ran the Caterpillar vehicle identification number, they allegedly confirmed that it had been stolen from Prior Lake Sept. 24, 2010 and had not been recovered.
In a statement, Frovik alleged he had towed the skid steer from an apartment complex in Ramsey County and had sent a letter to the apartment complex that he had towed the skid steer.
Frovik also alleged he had sent a letter to the listed owner telling the owner that he had towed the skid steer and they could pick it up.
But Frovik was allegedly unable to provide any documentation proving he had towed the skid steer from the apartment building or that he had sent the letters.
The apartment complex allegedly denied it had had a skid steer towed.
According to the complaint, Frovik admitted he used the skid steer to remove snow on his property in Blaine while it was in his possession.
The owner alleged no one had permission to take or use the skid steer, which was valued at $41,400.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]