Thompson’s long, strange daytrip

Four rides stolen over 3 counties

A Storm Lake man was charged this week after he allegedly stole four vehicles across three counties a couple weeks ago.

James Thompson, 49, was arrested on May 31 by Pocahontas County sheriff’s deputies after he was discovered driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was reported stolen from an Ida Grove car dealership.

An investigation found that the vehicle wasn't the only one that Thompson had allegedly heisted for the day.

Thompson, authorities said, first stole a water truck from Buena Vista Raceway in Alta and drove it to a farmstead near Palmer. At the farm, Thompson reportedly made off with a Kawasaki four-wheeler.

From there, Thompson allegedly drove to Varina, at which time he stole a 2001 Pontiac that was at Bass Repair Shop. He then continued on to Mark Hansen Motors in Ida Grove, where Thompson left the Pontiac and took the Trailblazer for a test drive back to Pocahontas County.

Thompson was charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, four counts of operating a vehicle without owner consent, three counts of trespassing, and driving with a suspended license.

He was eventually released from Pocahontas County Jail and is currently being held in Ida County.