Ayden Wallace Parker

On Saturday afternoon, Redwood County deputies caught a Walnut Grove car thief who has a history of stealing both cars and gasoline.

According to the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, at about 5:09 p.m. on June 10, deputies were notified of a stolen vehicle traveling southeast on County Road 67 from Redwood Falls. Deputies located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, leading to pursuit. The vehicle was eventually stopped near the intersection of Omega Ave. and 320th Street.

The driver, Ayden Wallace Parker, age 20, was arrested without incident and brought to the Redwood County Jail. The Redwood Falls Police Department and Lower Sioux Police Department assisted on the scene.

Parker has a history in Redwood County Court for repeatedly stealing cars and filling them with stolen gas from gas stations. On March 13, according to court documents, Parker was sentenced to 90 days local confinement, and fees, fines, and restitution of $287.64 for stealing $77.64 worth of gasoline from a Walnut Grove convenience store, while driving a pickup that had been stolen in Madelia in Aug. 2021.

After the Madelia Police Department posted the surveillance video in March, a member of the public stepped forward to identify the thief as Parker, based in part on his stature and mannerisms. The witness stated she knew Parker had been stealing vehicles and gas recently, and that she had a feeling it might be him in the security footage.

On August 15, the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office learned Parker was already in custody in the Lyon County jail for another crime.