YORK – Andrew Frerichs, who is listed as being a transient staying in the York area, has been charged with felony theft and he has pleaded not guilty.
His arraignment was held this week in York County District Court before Judge James Stecker.
The 23-year-old is accused of stealing a vehicle in the rural area of the county.
According to court documents, a rural resident reported that Frerichs and a woman had been staying in his camper and only entering his residence for use of the restroom. However, the man reported that Frerichs entered his house without permission, stole the keys to his 1997 Toyota Camry and left.
Later, Frerichs turned himself in to authorities in Fillmore County. Frerichs was then transferred to the York County Jail.
Once in custody, Frerichs told investigators the vehicle had been abandoned ¼ mile south of Highway 6 on Road 24.
It was also discovered that Frerichs had no operator’s license in any state.
The charge against him is a Class 4 felony which carries a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison, 12 months of post-release supervision and/or a $10,000 fine.
A jury trial has been scheduled in the matter for mid-November.