Four charged in ongoing copper theft investigation

HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced that four men have been arrested and charged in connection with a theft investigation that has been ongoing since April.

The charges are related to a series of copper thefts throughout Humboldt County, Sheriff Dean Kruger said in a statement.

On April 27, deputies searched a Clarion home belonging to Tyler Tinken, 30. Two days later, another search was conducted at 2050 110th St. in Bode. Kruger said the residence belonged to Nelson Troyer, 36.

As a result of the investigation, Tinken was charged with ongoing criminal conduct and multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief. His bond was set at $113,000. Troyer was charged with ongoing criminal conduct and had bond set at $50,000.

Kruger said Ricky L. Habben, 40, of Palmer, and Daniel R. Reames, 48, of Hardy, are also facing charges in the case.

Habben is accused of ongoing criminal conduct as well as multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief.

Reames is facing the same charges, as well as a burglary charge. Habben’s bond is $156,000 while bond for Reames is $113,000.

In addition to their Humboldt County charges, all four have been charged with theft and criminal mischief in Pocahontas County.

Tinken, Troyer and Habben are each facing two counts of first-degree theft in Buena Vista County. It’s alleged the trio stole copper wire from two windmills west of Storm Lake.

Reames is also facing federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. He is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The other three turned themselves in to the Humboldt County sheriff’s office on Wednesday. They are expected to be held in the Humboldt County Jail until their preliminary hearings, which have been scheduled for July 30.