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Court date set for metal theft case in Osakis

A court date in the felony theft case against Cory Thomas Perry, 18, of Osakis, has been set for Monday, December 3, according to Osakis Police Officer Calvin Uhl.

Perry is charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal complaint, on September 19, staff at Integrated Manufacturing in Osakis reported that 10 to 12 barrels of scrap metal shavings, worth approximately $500, were stolen from the company's collection container.

On September 20, Uhl received a call reporting that there was a maroon pickup truck parked near Osakis Silo Repair and there were people going through the dumpsters there.

On September 21 Brian Fearing from Osakis Silo Repair reported the theft of various pieces of scaffolding, drive wheel assemblies and spreaders from the company's dumpsters and from pallets in the company's yard. The total value of the items totaled $6,000.

Uhl recalled seeing a maroon pickup parked outside Perry's residence loaded with scaffolding and covered in gray dust. Uhl contacted Ken's Iron, a recycling center in Sauk Centre, and some of the items Perry allegedly dropped off matched the reported missing items.

Perry had reportedly provided his driver's license and signed his name on receipts at the recycling center.

Another man, Leslie Huot, 36, of Osakis, was also involved in the theft case.

About half of the stolen material was recovered.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 fine and restitution.