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Waubun man in court for two vehicle thefts

A Waubun man made his first appearance Monday in Becker County District Court on two felony counts of motor vehicle theft, in relation to two separate incidents in Becker County.

Anthony Lee Libby Sr., 25, of 258687 St. Highway 119, Waubun, is accused of stealing a black 1991 BMW from Hansen Auto Sales on May 31, and a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am from the same business on July 6.

According to the first criminal complaint, Hansen took the BMW from the Hansen Auto Sales lot on May 31 without permission. The vehicle, valued at about $3,000, was recovered in White Earth later that same day. In the second incident, Libby reportedly had taken not only the Grand Am itself, but the vehicle title and car keys. The theft was discovered when a relative of Libby's called the Hansen Auto office and asked if they had a 2000 Grand Am missing.

Apparently, Libby and a woman named Melissa Tyge had sold the vehicle to the man on July 7 for $600 cash, saying they were trying to raise money to get to Rochester. They then turned over the vehicle title to him, and Libby signed the bill of sale. Libby has been released on $6,000 bond pending his next court appearance, at an Aug. 27 omnibus hearing.