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By Ben Muir 

Local man charged with consecutive vehicle thefts


February 22, 2018

It took police officers less than 10 minutes to locate two vehicles that were allegedly stolen on consecutive days by the same Petersburg man.

Ron Wallen Sr., 59, allegedly stole a vehicle on Feb. 9 from 14 Harbor Way. Police received a report at 5:01 a.m. that morning, saying a green pickup truck had been stolen. Derek Thorsen, police officer on the case, located the vehicle by 5:03 a.m., said Kelly Swihart, the police chief.

The investigation was over in about 55 minutes, and Wallen was arrested and charged with vehicle theft in the first degree and failure to stop at the direction of a...

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