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Suspect pleads not guilty to his alleged role in vandalism spree

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A 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to his alleged role in a series of vehicle thefts and acts of vandalism in July in Mitchell.

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Daniel James Tingle, of Mitchell, is charged with one count of grand theft and one count of intentional property damage. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each charge.

The charges stem from a series of incidents in the early morning hours of July 23 when Tingle allegedly stole a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup and drove it through fences surrounding Joe Quintal Field, causing about $4,500 in damage.

Tingle is also suspected of stealing three other vehicles that same day. Two of the vehicles, a white 1989 Chevy Celebrity and a tan 1992 Dodge Dakota, were recovered at Kibbee Park near Lake Mitchell. The Dakota was partly submerged in the lake and both vehicles were visibly damaged.

A trial was set for December.

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