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DL man sentenced for rustling, livestock theft

Christopher Charles Strehlow, 32, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony rustling and livestock theft.

He was one of two men charged with felonies after allegedly selling cattle they did not own. In addition to Strehlow, Bret Ricardo Glatzmaier, 49, of rural Park Rapids was charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of rustling and cattle theft.

According to court records, on Nov. 4, 2017, an investigator with the Becker County Sheriff's Office spoke to a cattle owner who said he had responded to an advertisement placed by Glatzmaier regarding pasture land for rent. The two agreed the man could graze his cattle on the land in exchange for one small Holstein heifer. Glatzmaier did not have any other cattle in the pasture.

On Aug. 20, 2017, the man brought 16 head of cattle to the pasture. When he returned on Nov. 4, there were only four head left.

Investigation revealed that Glatzmaier allegedly sold four head of cattle to another man on Aug. 26, and the second man then sold the cattle to the Perham Stockyards. Through markings, investigators were able to identify one of the cattle Glatzmaier sold as coming from the victim's herd in the rented pasture.

Employees at the Perham Stockyard told the investigator that Glatzmaier had also sold two other steers to them on Sept. 25 and that another man, Strehlow, had sold six Holstein steers to them on Oct. 16.

Strehlow admitted that the cattle he sold were from the rented pasture. He said the check was made out to him, and he split the money with Glatzmaier. The cattle owner said each head of cattle was worth about $800.

Strehlow appeared in court Nov. 26 before Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who continued the case for dismissal and placed him on unsupervised probation for one year. He was ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution to Ronald Munson and $165 in restitution to American Family Insurance.