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Man accused of stealing truck escapes while being treated at hospital

Man accused of stealing truck escapes while being treated at hospital Photo: MGN.

KAAL-TV
Created: January 21, 2020 11:15 AM

(ABC 6 News) - The Rochester Police Department says the owner of a construction company in SW Rochester reported a truck stolen from his business Friday.  

GPS tracking in the truck showed it was in the parking lot at Menards on south Broadway Ave. When police arrived they found the truck in the parking lot. After talking with people in the area, police were able to find the man they believe had stolen the truck sitting in another car in the lot.

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20-year-old Storm Mensch, of Riceville, Iowa, was taken into custody. Officers say on the way to the jail Mensch claimed he had swallowed methamphetamine so officers took him to the hospital before going to the jail. However, police say he escaped while being treated.  

Officials said they do not know if he was under guard at the hospital, or how he escaped.

Police say Mensch is still on the run and they believe he may have returned to Riceville.


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