Man To Serve Prison Term After Trying To Sell Stolen Equipment

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Emmetsburg man has been sentenced to a five-year prison term and a suspended 10-year prison term after being convicted of theft and possession of stolen property. The Lyon County attorney’s office says 29-year-old Ryan John Van Gorp of Emmetsburg attempted to consign stolen equipment at a local auction.
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They say that VanGorp was sentenced for Possession of Stolen Property, a Class C Felony. He was also sentenced in Lyon County for an O’Brien County charge for Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony.

On the possession of stolen property charge, he was sentenced to a suspended 10-year prison term and two years’ probation. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,450 to the Lyon County Clerk of Court to be paid to the victims in the case.

On the theft charge, Van Gorp was sentenced to an indeterminate term not to exceed five years with credit for time served. He was taken into immediate custody. Van Gorp was ordered to pay over $1000 in restitution to the Lyon County Clerk of Court to be paid to the victim in this case.

The arrest and conviction was the result of a theft investigation by the Lyon, O’Brien, Emmet, and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Offices in which the Lyon County Attorney’s office says multiple individuals were victims.

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