A Coon Rapids resident who owns a towing company in Blaine has pleaded guilty to one of two felony charges in Anoka County District Court.
Christopher William Frovik, 33, 10827 Yellow Pine St. NW, will be sentenced Aug. 21 following a guilty plea last month to receiving stolen property (over $35,000). A motor vehicle theft charge will be dismissed. Frovik remains free on his own recognizance.
In January 2012, Coon Rapids Police Detective Dave Westberg received information that there was a stolen yellow “bobcat machine” with tracks instead of wheels at Frovik’s Towing, 1870 Radisson Road NE, 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. 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 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 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 said no one had permission to take or use the skid steer, which was valued at $41,400.
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