Wanamingo Man Avoids Prison Time For Crime Spree
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - An area man who was involved in a two county crime spree last year has been placed on probation for up to 10 years and ordered to perform 100 hours community service. And he is also facing restitution of more than $17,000.
31 year old Manuel Ramirez has also been fined $1,000. The Wanamingo man was prosecuted in Olmsted and Wabasha counties for the spree that included motor vehicle thefts.
It all began in Oronoco on June 9th when Ramirez stole a vehicle, crashed it and then stole a pickup and led officers on a chase. He crashed that vehicle and made his way to Mazeppa where he stole another pickup truck and drove to Nelson, Wisconsin where he ran out of gas. He then stole yet another vehicle and drove back to Minnesota where he once again ran out of gas in the Goodhue area. The daylong crime spree ended a short while later when he was apprehended.
Ramirez earlier pled guilty to charges in Wabasha County and was sentenced to a year in jail and 10 years probation.