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Block arrested for farm auction theft


On 2/4/17, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft of approximately $7,000 worth of farm equipment from a farm auction near Hinton, IA. On 4/25/17, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received information about a similar auction theft in Paris, IL.  That suspect was identified as Paul Block Jr. age 49 of Waterloo, IA.  Deputies from the Black Hawk County Iowa Sheriff’s Office and the LaFayette County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at Block’s residence outside of Waterloo, IA and located thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.  The officers spent 7 days searching and identifying stolen property from 2 Illinois locations, 2 Wisconsin locations, 4 Minnesota locations, and 6 Iowa locations including Allamakee County, Dallas County, and Plymouth County. 

Plymouth County has recovered all but one item from the theft near Hinton. Paul Block Jr. will be charged by Black Hawk County for possession of stolen property in reference to the Plymouth County theft case.  Block is being held at the Black Hawk County jail for theft 1st and 2nd degree with a bond of $25,000 cash only.  He is also being held on a no bond detainer out of Wisconsin. 


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