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A Vesta man, Carleton Eugene Perkins Jr., age 50, was sentenced in Redwood County Court for a felony-level theft of truck tires and other materials from a Redwood Falls car dealership.

According to court documents, in Oct. 2022, Redwood Falls police officers were called to a dealership on a report of stolen truck tires and rims. Dealers reported a client who had leased a pickup asked the dealership to replace the factory tires and rims with aftermarket versions, and to store the factory items for later use.

The dealers then reported that a former employee, Perkins Jr., was the mechanic who swapped out the factory items for the aftermarket versions, and that the factory items could no longer be located. The dealership finally had to buy new wheels and rims at a cost of over $6,500.

Several weeks later, officers conducted a traffic stop on a pickup being driven and owned by Perkins Jr. Officers took photos of the tires and rims, and the dealership eventually confirmed they were the stolen tires.

On March 25, Perkins Jr. was sentenced to 13 months in the correctional facility in St. Cloud, stayed for four years, 77 days local confinement, four years supervised probation, and fines, fees, and restitution of $5,917.