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Montrose man arrested for $40K theft at gravel pit

MONTROSE -- A Montrose man was arrested for allegedly taking $40,000 worth of equipment from an area gravel pit. Christopher Morrison, 46, was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with grand theft for taking copper wiring from several gravel equipment ma...

MONTROSE - A Montrose man was arrested for allegedly taking $40,000 worth of equipment from an area gravel pit.

Christopher Morrison, 46, was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with grand theft for taking copper wiring from several gravel equipment machines from a gravel pit northwest of Montrose. Owners valued the equipment at $40,000, court documents state.

On Feb. 11, the McCook County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a theft from the pit, located at 25265 449th Ave., about two miles northwest of Montrose. A deputy observed piles of stripped wires with the copper removed and a trash bag containing documents from sales of batteries, copper and motors belonging to Chris Morrison, court documents state.

Law enforcement searched Morrison's home on Feb. 14, where officers allegedly found several items taken from the pit, as well as marijuana, a grinder, a scale and a pipe. Morrison was detained shortly after during a traffic stop.

Morrison was charged with grand theft valued between $5,000 and $100,000, a Class 4 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; possession of marijuana, a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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Morrison was released on a $500 bond the same day and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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