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Fulton man charged with possessing stolen vehicle, removing its VIN

FULTON -- A Fulton man has been charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and tampering with the vehicle's identification number. Paul Jerke, 36, was charged recently on two felony counts in Hanson County. Court documents say on or about Jan. 25, ...

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FULTON - A Fulton man has been charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and tampering with the vehicle's identification number.

Paul Jerke, 36, was charged recently on two felony counts in Hanson County.

Court documents say on or about Jan. 25, Jerke possessed a 2003 Ford F-250, "which he knows or had reason to believe has been stolen" and he "intentionally remove(d) a vehicle identification number without written authority from the department of Revenue" on the same vehicle.

Jerke is the owner of Paul's Towing, of Fulton.

Receiving a stolen vehicle is a Class 5 felony, which is punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Altering or removing a vehicle's identification number is a Class 6 felony, which is punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

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