Ronald Benjamin Stillday, 30, of Hinckley has been charged with felony motor vehicle theft and felony fifth degree possession of a controlled substance after a vehicle disappeared from a Hinckley motel on July 29.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Pine County Court, on July 30 a deputy responded to America’s Best Value Inn on report of a stolen vehicle.
The victim said he came to the hotel between 5-6 p.m. on July 29 in a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. He had many bags to carry so he left his keys in the center console. When he got up a few hours later he looked out the window and saw the Trailblazer was gone, with approximately $2,000 of tools inside.
Hotel surveillance video showed three males wearing hoodies come to the car at 11:26 p.m. on July 29. Two of them got in the vehicle while the third walked away.
Deputies believed they recognized the male who entered the driver’s seat as Stillday. They located the Trailblazer at the Willow Winds Apartments in Hinckley.
The victim found several items in the vehicle that did not belong to him. These items included court paperwork for Stillday, and clothing that matched what the thief was wearing on video.
A deputy located and arrested Stillday on July 31. In his backpack the deputy found the vehicle’s title, keys and items belonging to the victim.
A baggie containing a crystalline substance was also found in the backpack, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Law enforcement reports that after being read his Miranda warning, Stillday admitted taking the car, and said he was planning to sell it for money.
The maximum charge for felony motor vehicle theft is five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The maximum charge for felony fifth degree possession of a controlled substance is five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.