Nathan Thomas Veesenmeyer, 37, of St. Paul has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft

According to court records, on July 29, a Detroit Lakes business reported the theft of a trailer holding three deer blinds, with a total value of $12,800, that had been taken from a fenced area of the business.

Surveillance video showed that a Dodge Ram crew cab pickup truck made several appearances at the business (which was not named in the criminal complaint). The first time, the driver took a piece of scrap metal and the next time the driver was seen messing with the gate, apparently replacing the padlock with one of his own locks.

The truck returned a third time at 5:13 a.m. July 29, entered the gate, hooked onto the trailer and drove off with the three deer blinds.

Veesenmeyer was identified as a suspect via the surveillance video, through his driver’s license photo, and by squad car video from a traffic stop.

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A warrant was requested due to his extensive criminal history, the fact he has no significant ties to Becker County, and his history of failing to appear in court: He has been the subject of at least 76 warrants in Minnesota.

On Aug. 6, District Judge Peter Irvine made it No. 77 and issued a warrant for Veesenmeyer’s arrest.