According to court records, 52-year-old Michael Lawrence Block of Sibley entered a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Thursday, May 29th. Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen agriculture and construction equipment.
Block is charged with seven counts of Theft in the First Degree a Class “C” Felony; ten counts of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class “D” Felony; one count of Theft in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor.
Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen property from Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties.
On March 21, 2014 an Osceola County Deputy was investigating the theft of some hay bales from O’Brien County which led to the application and execution of five search warrants at Block’s acreage on Highway 59 and his home in Sibley. Investigating officers seized a New Holland baler, wagons, construction equipment, trailers, four motor vehicles, and other items.
His next court date is scheduled for July 11th and the trial is scheduled to start on August 19th.