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Another Sebeka city official charged in metal theft

Gary Klovstad

WADENA - A Sebeka city maintenance worker was charged in Wadena County District Court April 9 with aiding and abetting the theft of scrap metal.

Authorities believe Gary Lewis Klovstad, 49, of Sebeka, helped former city councilman Randy Pickar take scrap metal belonging to the city and sell it out of town, splitting the proceeds between them.

Authorities charged Pickar a second time this month for theft of copper and other scrap metal that was in addition to the theft he already admitted to.

When they questioned Pickar about the new charges, he allegedly admitted that Klovstad had worked with him in the crimes, which happened in September and October 2007. According to court documents, Pickar admitted he gave Klovstad about $1,300 in cash and purchased an engine cherry picker and gave it to Klovstad.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Klovstad's home April 8 and allegedly recovered the cherry picker.

According to Pickar's statements, Klovstad had at one point returned about $800 of the money because he "got scared."

Pickar told an investigator he "kept quiet" about Klovstad's involvement because he didn't want Klovstad to lose his job. He said he and Klovstad had come up with the plan together to make some "quick money." Klovstad, in his job with the city, had control over the scrap metal.

Bond was set at $25,000 for Klovstad, and an initial appearance was set for April 28 in the case.