Drug offender now charged with possessing stolen cars

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By Janice Gregorson

A Rochester man with several years left to serve in state and federal prison faces new criminal charges for allegedly being in possession of 13 stolen vehicles in late 2003.

Garrick Robert Sneed, 31, was sentenced in January 2004 to seven years and eight months in prison on a methamphetamine charge.

Olmsted County authorities now say that between August 2003 and January 2004, he had possession of no fewer than 13 vehicles reported stolen from Austin, Stillwater, Westby, Wis., Hayfield, St. Paul, Mankato, Rochester and La Crosse, Wis. He is to make his first appearance on the new charge of receiving stolen property on June 6.


Authorities allege that parts, license plates and VIN plates from stolen vehicles were found at Sneed's residence during a search in December 2003.

Five months after being sentenced in Olmsted District Court, Sneed was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on a mail-fraud scheme to steal more than $130,000 from Rochester manufacturer Crenlo Inc. Sneed was ordered to serve two years in prison. One year was to run concurrently with the state sentence, and the other year to run consecutively to the sentence.

Sneed and his then-girlfriend Bonnie Hameister were also ordered to be jointly responsible for $44,000 in restitution. Sneed's brother Nicholas also was convicted in federal court.

Sneed's current state prison term runs until February 2009, to be followed by the one-year federal prison term.

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