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More large equipment theft charges filed against Slayton man

Randall Rogers has an extensive criminal history involving thefts dating back to 1995.

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SLAYTON — More charges stemming from a lengthy investigation were filed recently against a Slayton man building a reputation for stealing large implements and other machinery across the region in multiple highly-planned out thefts.

Ten charges of receiving stolen property were filed Sept. 11 in Murray County District Court against Randall C. Rogers, 41, of rural Slayton. Nine of the charges are felony-level (value of the items stolen is greater than $1,000) and one is a gross misdemeanor (value between $500 and $999).

The newest charges filed against Rogers stem from a 2017 investigation that recovered large equipment reportedly stolen from locations in Murray, Nobles, Lincoln, Cottonwood and Minnehaha, South Dakota counties. The thefts date back to 2016.

The investigation had two suspects, Rogers and Daniel N. VanMeveren. It included multiple search warrants of two properties. VanMeveren cooperated with the investigation, and told law enforcement that he and Rogers had stolen equipment and would make alterations to several in order to disguise them. Other stolen equipment was completely dismantled, he said.

Included in the accusations against Rogers is his practice of switching serial number plates and side panels on tractors to give them the appearance of another. Rogers is also accused of possessing a tool that gives him the ability to pull rivets from the serial number plate.

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More than $57,000 worth of equipment suspected to be stolen was recovered throughout the investigation.

The investigation into reported stolen tractors gained traction when an individual, identified in the complaint as a concerned citizen, reported overhearing VanMeveren provide detailed information about the tractor thefts to others.

According to the complaint, law enforcement attempted to interview Rogers multiple times throughout the investigation. He was uncooperative, and insisted it was a conspiracy perpetrated against him by family members.

Rogers has a criminal history involving theft as far back as 1995. The state announced that it intends to seek the statutory maximum sentence due to his pattern of criminal conduct if he's convicted in this case.

The charges filed last week closely follow six theft and drug-related charges filed in August that allege Rogers stole farming equipment, which included an Allis Chalmers antique tractor and two sickle mowers. Those charges were filed nearly six months after he was released from his 45-day jail sentence imposed after being convicted in a 2018 case that involved a stolen pickup and Farmall tractor.

Rogers is currently in the Lyon County Jail in Marshall.

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