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Rosemount police recover stolen car

A two-day joyride in a stolen car ended early last Thursday morning for a pair of Farmington residents.

A Rosemount police officer spotted the stolen car around 6:20 a.m. April 17 while patrolling on Highway 3. The officer ran the car’s license plate after noticing the driver was not using headlights. When the car came back as stolen, the officer made contact with the driver and passenger after they stopped at a gas station.

According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Cody James Swanson, 24, and Amy Marie Ekstrom, 21, told police they’d seen the car parked on the street two nights before with the key in the ignition. So, they decided to take it.

According to the complaint, Ekstrom told Swanson at one point they should find different license plates for the car so they would not get caught.

Swanson had two small baggies of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested.

Swanson and Ekstrom have been charged with theft and receiving stolen property, both felony charges with a maximum sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $20,000. Swanson has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance, also a felony. That charge has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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