Hog Thief Plea

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Hog Thief Plea

Storm Lake, IA (KICD) — A Newell man charged with stealing hogs enters a plea.

43-year old Monty Grote entered the written not guilty plea Thursday in Buena Vista County District Court in reference to 2 counts of First Degree Theft, one count each of Second Degree Theft and 4th Degree Theft.

According to law enforcement reports, Grote was contracted to raise feeder pigs from a Minnesota company.  From May to October, Grote sold the hogs claiming they were his.  The total value of the hogs was estimated to be over $25,000.

A trial date has not been set.