Texas man charged in theft, property damage at MMS

MARSHALL — A Texas man charged in connection with several incidents of property damage and theft in Marshall — including the theft of a pickup truck and equipment belonging to Marshall Public Schools — appeared in Lyon County District Court this week. A hearing for Gerardo Granados, 22, of Dallas, has been set for a date in July.

Granados’ first appearance in court was on June 14. A criminal complaint alleges Granados broke into an annex at Marshall Middle school on June 13, and stole a 1998 Chevrolet pickup belonging to the school. Granados then allegedly drove the pickup through the door of a shed on the middle school property and took items including a pole saw, a chain saw, an air compressor, a weed trimmer and a lawn mower. The cost to repair the shed was more than $5,000, the criminal complaint said.

The complaint said law enforcement found the school’s pickup on Adobe Road, after responding to incidents of mailboxes being knocked over on nearby Parkside Drive.

According to the complaint, Granados also allegedly stole a second pickup that night, a Ford F-150 reported missing on Jewett Street.

Granados is being charged with third degree burglary, first degree criminal property damage, and two counts of motor vehicle theft, Lyon County court records said. All four charges are felonies.

Granados appeared in custody at a hearing Friday afternoon in Marshall. His bail had previously been set at $75,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions including staying in Minnesota, and abstaining from alcohol and drugs.

At Friday’s hearing, a future court date was set for July 12.