Lake Lillian Man Accused of Stealing Payloader 21 Feb 14

Chad Lee Monson, owner of Monson Excavating of Willmar, is awaiting extradition to North Dakota on charges that he stole a payloader.

The West Central Tribune reports the Class A felony theft charge was filed Dec. 5 in Divide County, located in the far northwestern corner of North Dakota. Under North Dakota law, the maximum penalty for a Class A felony is 20 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.

According to the complaint from Divide County, Monson is accused of going to a gravel pit located in rural Divide County on Nov. 20 and driving off with a payloader, valued at more than $50,000.

A felony charge of being a fugitive from justice from another state was filed Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The 42-year-old Monson of Lake Lillian, made his first court appearance Thursday in Willmar, where he waived extradition.

Two other individuals, 32-year-old Joshua Bruce Monson of Willmar and 41-year-old John Russell Jacobson of Willmar each face Class C felony charges in North Dakota for allegedly going to the same gravel pit and driving away with a trailer and tank containing about 250 gallons of diesel fuel, valued at more than $1,000.