A 47-year-old man sought for allegedly stealing a vehicle in Lake City was apprehended in Mendota Heights last week.
Michael Anthony Brooks of Lake City was charged with one count of felony auto theft. If convicted, he could be punished by up to five years in jail and a fine of between $3,000 and $10,000.
According to a Dakota County criminal complaint released last week:
Lake City Police informed Mendota Heights Police on Dec. 5 that Brooks allegedly would be driving to a Mendota Heights business that afternoon in a stolen 2001 Mercury Mountaineer to pick up his paycheck. The vehicle was reported stolen four days earlier.
Mendota Heights officers went to the business, where a vehicle matching the stolen vehicle’s description entered the parking lot. A man exited the driver’s seat of the vehicle and went into the business. Officers took the man into custody when he walked out of the business.
At first, the man allegedly denied being Brooks, but he was later identified by his Louisiana driver’s license.