A north Iowa man facing multiple theft-related charges is going to take his chances at trial.
Court records show 30-year-old Jacob Smith of Mason City, accused of stealing catalytic converters off vehicles in Worth County, has pleaded “not guilty” to charges including ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft, and trespassing. Authorities say Smith and another man cut the converters off five vehicles in three separate locations in Manly on January 29th.
The converters had a combined worth of over $3,000 and removing them resulted in nearly $14,000 in damages to the vehicles. Smith is scheduled to go to trial starting August 4.