Man faces 26 felony charges

FARIBAULT, Minn. – A rural Faribault man is facing a long list of charges after authorities say he stole more than a dozen vehicles and other items worth an estimated $222,450.

39-year-old Paul Seeman of Rice County faces 26 felony charges for those crimes.

“Racketeering, criminal enterprise, perjury, theft, receiving stolen property, altering identification and serial numbers on both vehicles and trailers,” said Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn.

It all started in April. That is when authorities say a concerned citizen alerted them of illegal activity they thought was taking place at a rural area in Cannon City township property.

“It was with that information and follow-up information that we were able to secure the two search warrants that were executed,” Dunn said.

Items were reported stolen in places like Owatonna, Goodhue County and Olmsted County, but they say Seeman did not stop at the state line. Items were reported missing in Montana, Colorado and from Mason City.

“It’s a little bigger than working in your own backyard and that’s where the assistance of the other agencies across the other states that were involved here is crucial,” Dunn said.

He said they are just glad to have tracked down this many stolen items and to have a suspect to hold accountable

“We’re confident that we have a good case to go forth with the county attorney’s office and hopefully he’ll be held accountable for these crimes that he’s committed,” Dunn said.

Authorities say that if insurance was claimed, the items technically belong to the insurance companies now. But folks can work with the insurance companies to buy the items back if they want to.

Seeman’s first court appearance is set for July 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rice County Courthouse.

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