A western Iowa man was arrested Friday, June 30, after court documents allege that he stole a vehicle from a Slater home, before being caught in Webster City.


Michael Wayne Lindgren, 42, of Peterson, is charged with first-degree theft.


According to court documents, the Story County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Webster City Police Department Thursday around 5:30 a.m., to check on a possible stolen vehicle. Documents said that Webster City Police located a white 2014 Chevrolet Traverse sitting occupied in the middle of a street. The driver reportedly was uncooperative with police, and would not give his name, and did not know the registered owners.


Documents show that Story County Dispatch made contact with the registered owners of the Traverse, who stated that no one else should have the vehicle. The registered owners of the Traverse also reportedly stated that there was a vehicle parked on their property that did not belong to them. Deputies then reportedly proceeded to the registered owners’ house on the 52000 block of 340th Street in Slater, where the owners directed deputies to a white Chevrolet Silverado that was registered to a trucking company out of Des Moines and had not yet been reported stolen.


According to documents, inside the vehicle deputies located a wallet with an Iowa identification card belonging to Michael Lindgren, along with a black “Tapout” hat, a small plastic dish and a set of partial dentures.


After making contact with Webster City Police officers, documents show that the man in the Traverse was identified as Michael Lindgren.


Documents show that Story County Dispatch made contact with the owner of the trucking company, who said that Lindgren was not employed by him and the vehicle was not supposed to have been taken. The owner of the truck responded to the scene and retrieved his property, and was advised to make a report with the Des Moines Police Department.


As of Friday afternoon, Lindgren was being held in Story County Jail on $30,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing set for July 17.


First-degree theft is a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.