Kindel arrested shortly after prison releaseSLAYTON — He was sentenced to 24 months in prison, served 11 months in a state correctional facility before being released early and was arrested 10 weeks later.
SLAYTON — He was sentenced to 24 months in prison, served 11 months in a state correctional facility before being released early and was arrested 10 weeks later.
Joshua James Kindel, 20, of Fulda, is facing a felony-level charge of possession of burglary tools, along with several misdemeanor charges, after being arrested while allegedly attempting to steal gas from a rural Fulda farm.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a report of multiple gas thefts at the farm.
A piece of evidence recovered at the site, a medical bracelet from Sanford Hospital Worthington with Kindel’s name on it, had been recovered at the scene at a previous date.
A surveillance team was positioned inside one of the outbuildings on the farm near the gas barrels shortly before 11 p.m. At approximately 12:30 a.m., the deputies heard a vehicle approach and saw it park beside the gas barrels.
The driver then turned out the lights on the car. A deputy grabbed his squad shotgun and opened the overhead door on the shed, allowing the second deputy to drive through.
The deputy on foot ran toward the suspects while the squad car approached.
The suspect vehicle attempted to flee but was boxed in by the deputy’s car.
The passenger, a juvenile, was handcuffed and removed from the car, but as the deputy walked him toward a squad car, the juvenile attempted to flee on foot and was taken to the ground.
Kindel was arrested without incident. While one deputy waited with Kindel and the suspect car, the other took the juvenile to the Slayton Police Department for an interview.
At the scene, Kindel allegedly told the deputy he was at the farm because it was a good place to get free gas.
He admitted he had pulled onto the site with the intent to take fuel, but then decided not to and planned on driving away when he was surprised by the deputies.
During an inventory of the vehicle, authorities found bolt cutters in the back seat, gas cans and a funnel in the trunk, marijuana on the floor of the front seat passenger area and a razor knife, folding razor and butcher knife throughout the car.
During the interview with the juvenile, he started out saying he had never been to the farm before when Kindel tried to steal gas, but later said he knew Kindel had stolen gas from the farm before and had been with him two or three weeks ago when Kindel stole gas.
The juvenile also allegedly admitted to stealing money in the past.
Kindel, during an interview, said he went to the farm with the intention of stealing gas and had never been on the property before.
Then he said the juvenile was the one who had told him he could get free gas there, but would need a bolt cutter.
He later allegedly admitted he had been a patient at Sanford Hospital Worthington recently and had been at the farm the night before.
Kindel was convicted in August 2010 for check forgery and gun possession after pleading guilty to both charges in June.
He admitted at the time he had stolen checks from family members to pay for his salvia addiction.
He was given credit for 143 days served in the county jail and sentenced to 24 months in prison.
He has previous convictions for theft, marijuana possession and juvenile adjudications for marijuana sales and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.