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Holmen man arrested for Vernon Co. vehicle thefts

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The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office recovered two stolen vehicles after arresting a suspect in the thefts.

An initial court appearance is set for Dec. 9 in Vernon County Court for Cory Michael Sobkowiak, 38, of Holmen.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a 1972 Ford pickup truck valued at more than $20,000 was stolen from Manske Park along North Chipmunk Rd. in rural Stoddard around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The caller said there was a strange car parked in the same location the truck had been parked.

That car was a blue 2016 Honda Fit that was reported stolen from rural Ettrick in Trempealeau County.

Once sheriff’s officials developed Sobkowiak as a suspect, the truck was recovered Friday afternoon at a residence on Gjefle Lane in rural Westby. Items from the Honda fit were also recovered.

Sobkowiak is currently out on a $1,000 signature bond. Charges will be sought through Vernon County District Attorney Timothy J. Gaskell.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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