A St. Paul man was sentenced Tuesday, July 12 in Pennington County District Court for stealing an all-terrain vehicle and enclosed trailer from a Thief River Falls business in 2019.
Nathan Thomas Veesenmeyer, 40, was sentenced to a felony theft charge. Another felony theft charge and a felony first-degree criminal damage to property charge were dismissed.
For the former offense, Veesenmeyer was sentenced to 23 months in prison. He was ordered not to use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. Veesenmeyer was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines. The right to restitution has been reserved.
According to the amended complaint, Veesenmeyer stole a Triton enclosed trailer, valued at $13,188, and a 2019 Polaris Sportsman 850, valued at $10,500, from Hubert’s Outdoor Power on July 20, 2019. It was unclear from the complaint whether the items were recovered.
Veesenmeyer was seen on surveillance video outside of Hubert’s at about 6:09 p.m. July 20, 2019, and on surveillance from at least one nearby business about four hours later. The latter surveillance video seemed to show Veesenmeyer driving away with the items.
A Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force officer asked a Walmart employee to check that business’ surveillance in the event the suspect was there. Walmart surveillance showed Veesenmeyer buying items that could be used to alter the trailer and ATV.
His pickup truck was also observed traveling past Falls Liquor. Later, the task force officer learned from the Detroit Lakes Police Department that Veesenmeyer had committed similar thefts there.
A booking photo of Veesenmeyer matched the surveillance video of the suspect.
It was later learned that another trailer had been damaged when Veesenmeyer had stolen the ATV and trailer. The paint had been removed from the trailer when he stripped a decal off of it and started to remove another decal.
Something had also been sprayed on the trailer hitch in an attempt to remove the VIN decal. Damage was estimated at $1,598.27.
Through further investigation, the sheriff’s office also learned the ignition was damaged on another ATV and several keys were removed from new ATVs at the business.
Veesenmeyer stole nine sets of keys and the business had to replace the ignition switches on them since the keys are irreplaceable. The cost to replace the keys was $913.69.
The amended complaint indicated that Veesenmeyer had been charged with 15 crimes in a total of six counties dating back to 2000. They included a felony theft charge, five other theft charges, possession of burglary or theft tools charge, a felony receiving stolen property charge, and trespassing – entering a locked/posted construction site.
At the time that the amended complaint was written, Veesenmeyer’s location and whereabouts were unknown.