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Suspect in grand theft auto charge makes court appearance

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What started as a hot, calm Saturday night in Gettysburg ended with a routine speeding stop and a felony arrest near Seneca.
Jared Price, age 19 of North Sioux City, SD was apprehended and charged with one count of grand theft when he allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence on East Lincoln Avenue in Gettysburg. An unlocked vehicle parked on the street in a residential area was stolen from the property between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The keys were in the ignition.
A call to 911 prompted local law enforcement to put out the word to police agencies in the region. As this was being done, a call came in regarding a speeding stop by the SD Highway Patrol on the highway near Seneca involving a vehicle with a matching license number.
Price was arrested and taken to the Walworth County jail. He made an initial appearance in Potter County Court in front of Judge John Brown on Monday morning.
He was charged with grand theft, which is a Class Five felony carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The 19-year-old appeared without counsel and when asked how he would like to proceed told  the court, “I honestly don’t know. When I took it I just wanted to go home,” at which point his comment was cut off by the judge, who explained he did not want the circumstances of the alleged incident, and wanted to protect the suspect’s rights.
Price is currently unemployed and was entitled to court appointed counsel. The judge appointed attorney Chris Jansen of Selby to defend Price, who will remain in custody on a $5,000 cash bond. His record showed that he has a bench warrant for his arrest in Union County for failure to appear in another matter.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 23 at 3 p.m.
For additional court news, see page 3 of the News.
-Molly McRoberts

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