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Suspect pleads not guilty to his alleged role in vandalism spree

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.

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.