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Iowa car theft leads to arrests of men from Brainerd, Onamia

Nicholas Xavier Stone, 24 (left) and Marcus R. Maurstad, 22.1 / 3
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RUSHMORE—If vehicle theft is limited to those that are locked and not running, then a Brainerd man didn't steal a vehicle from Rock Rapids, Iowa, he argued Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, to the Nobles County deputy who arrested him near Rushmore.

Nicholas Xavier Stone, 24, said his decision to take a parked, unlocked and running Ford F-150 vehicle in Rock Rapids, Iowa, was "an answer from God," as noted in the criminal complaint filed Thursday in Nobles County District Court.

The vehicle's passenger, Marcus R. Maurstad, 22, of Onamia was also arrested and booked into the Nobles County Jail.

Both were charged with felony possession of stolen property, which has a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. Stone additionally faces gross misdemeanor charges of giving a false name to a peace officer. They were scheduled to appear Friday morning for a bail hearing.

-- Worthington Daily Globe