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Iowa man pleads not guilty to theft charges

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the theft of farm and construction equipment.

Michael Block, of Sibley, entered his written plea Thursday in Osceola County District Court. He faces seven counts of first-degree theft, 10 counts of second-degree theft and one count each of third- and fourth-degree theft.

Court records do not list an attorney for Block.

The Sioux City Journal reported Block is accused of stealing farm and construction equipment that was reported missing in four Iowa counties. The equipment is valued at more than $200,000.

Block turned himself in to authorities in April, after Osceola County sheriff’s deputies served warrants on his property and found items that had been reported stolen.

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