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Northern Iowa man arrested in connection with stolen vehicles

Jacob Govern of Ledyard, Iowa, was located and arrested on a warrant and other charges

KOSSUTH COUNTY – A Northern Iowa man has been arrested in connection with local stolen vehicles.

On May 19th, 2022 the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a missing 2003 Chevy Suburban near the Highway 9 and 70th Avenue area west of Swea City. The vehicle was entered as stolen. On 05-20-2022 this same vehicle was stopped in Freeborn County in Minnesota and was found to be driven by Jacob Govern, age 24, of Ledyard. Govern is facing charges in Freeborn County and a warrant was issued out of Kossuth County for the theft of the vehicle.

On the morning of June 4th, 2022, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Bancroft Police Department of a missing 1991 Ford Bronco from the area of South Summit Street in Bancroft. Later that same morning the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing 2012 GMC Pickup with a 40 foot hay trailer hooked to it from the area of 230th Avenue and 380th Street, rural Buffalo Center.

Later in the day on June 4th, the Ford Bronco was discovered abandoned in a sand pit in the southwest Winnebago County area. The GMC pickup was also found in the town of Bancroft and the hay trailer had been unhooked and abandoned near Deitering Brothers Implement in Bancroft.

In the evening of June 4th, 2022, 24-year-old Jacob Govern of Ledyard, Iowa, was located and arrested on the warrant for the May 19th theft of a motor vehicle. Govern was questioned and admitted to operating the Ford Bronco and the GMC Pickup earlier that day and will also be cited for operating a motor vehicle without consent of the owner and trespassing.

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Bancroft Police Department and the Winnebago Sheriff’s Office.

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