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Two arrested near Rushmore in connection to Rock Rapids, Iowa vehicle theft

Nicholas X. Stone1 / 2
Marcus R. Maurstad, Jr. 2 / 2

RUSHMORE — If vehicle theft is limited to those that are locked and not running, then a Brainerd man didn’t steal a vehicle from Rock Rapids, Iowa, he argued Wednesday morning to the Nobles County deputy that arrested him near Rushmore.

Nicholas X. Stone, 24, said his decision to take a parked, unlocked and running Ford-150 vehicle in Rock Rapids, Iowa Wednesday morning was “an answer from God,” as noted in the criminal complaint filed Thursday in Nobles County District Court.

The vehicle’s passenger, Marcus R. Maurstad, 22 of Onamia, was also arrested and booked into the Nobles County Jail.

Both have been charged with felony possession of stolen property, which has a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. Stone additionally faces gross misdemeanor charges of giving a false name to a peace officer. They are scheduled to appear Friday morning for a bail hearing.

For more on this arrest, visit the Saturday print edition or dglobe.com.