Two defendants appeared in Redwood County District Court on June 3 to face felony charges in connection with a theft of electrical power from the Redwood Electric Cooperative (REC).
Timothy Dean Wertish, 42, of Redwood Falls, was charged with one count of felony theft and Terry Dean Johnson, 65, of Springfield, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting felony theft in separate complaints filed by the Redwood County Attorney's Office.
Both men were arrested over the past weekend after investigations by the Redwood County Sheriff's Office and the Redwood Falls Police Department. The allegations are that the two defendants conspired to steal electrical power from the REC at Wertish's home in Redwood County.
It is anticipated that the two defendants will also be charged with felonies for a similar scheme in which it is alleged Wertish stole electrical power from Redwood Falls Public Utilities and his business, Redwood Auto Sales in Redwood Falls.
The Redwood County Attorney is preparing and will soon file complaints against Debra Ellen Wertish, 61, of Redwood Falls and Sommer Daw Wertish, 32, of Redwood Falls, for obstructing and tampering with evidence in connection with the thefts.
The defendants were released on bail. Their next appearance in court will be June 17 at Redwood County District Court.