Mason City man pleads not guilty to stealing commercial propane truck

MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of stealing a commercial propane truck has pleaded not guilty.

50-year-old Aaron Ryerson was arrested by a Mason City police officer on June 4th in possession of a stolen white Freightliner commercial propane truck that was listed stolen out of Winnebago County. The truck’s value is estimated at $200,000.

Ryerson was charged with first-degree theft possession of stolen property and filed a written plea of not guilty in Cerro Gordo County District Court on Tuesday. His trial is scheduled to start on August 24th. If convicted he could face up to ten years in prison.

Ryerson is also scheduled to be tried on August 10th on a first-degree theft charge after a January 20th incident in which he is accused of taking a $60,000 diesel pickup truck from a Clear Lake convenience store and was seen driving the vehicle northbound on I-35 and was later stopped after a short pursuit.

He originally was scheduled to have a plea change hearing in that case, but in late May his attorney filed notices with the court that he would not be pleading guilty and requested that the matters be reset for trial, and that he intended to rely on a defense of “Defense of Intoxication” at his trial.

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