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Faribault man charged with stealing over $45k in laptops from Dodge Center employer

Carl Edward Clark, 39, of Faibault, allegedly stole 15 laptops from his former employer, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc. He faces five years in prison for each of his 15 felony theft charges.

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MANTORVILLE — A Faibault man is facing 15 counts of felony theft in Dodge County District Court for stealing over $45,000 worth of laptops from his Dodge Center employer, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc.

Carl Edward Clark, 39, appeared before Judge Jodi Williamson on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, and was released on his own recognizance. Clark faces up to five years in prison for each of his charges.

No attorney was listed for Clark but court records show that he has applied for a public defender.

According to the criminal complaint:

Clark was fired from McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing sometime in May 2022 for taking six Dell engineering laptops. An IT analyst tracked those laptops to Clark's residence in Faribault and Clark admitted to taking the laptops.

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In June 2022, the IT analyst found that Clark still had 13 more laptops from McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing at his residence. In August 2022, law enforcement executed a search warrant of Clark's Fairbault residence and found a total of 14 missing laptops from Clark's former employer.

The estimated total value of the laptops was $45,340 with a deprecation value of $31,083.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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