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Minnesota man takes Alford plea over $300,000 theft in North Iowa

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Brandon Crews

Brandon Crews

FOREST CITY, Iowa – An Alford plea is entered for the theft of more than $300,000 in cash and items in Winnebago County.

Brandon Lee Crews, 31 of Emmons, was accused of smashing out the back window of a truck in Lake Mills on November 28, 2021, and stealing cash and other items totaling about $373,700.  Investigators say text messages and Facebook posts showed Crews went to the truck twice to steal items.

He was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft, and two counts of third-degree burglary but has entered an Alford plea to second-degree theft.  An Alford plea means Crews does not admit guilt but concedes he could be convicted at trial.

Crews is now scheduled to be sentenced on January 27, 2023.

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