Cory Thomas Swift, 42, of Wadena has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony receiving stolen property and felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Jan. 10 a Frazee police officer was on watch for a stolen black 2018 Nissan Altima after receiving an alert from Wadena County. Swift was believed to be driving the car.
The Frazee officer later saw Swift shoveling snow at a residence in a Frazee mobile home park. Allegedly, the officer approached him and saw a 6-8 inch knife on him. He was ordered to turn around and put his hands on his head. Swift turned around and started to dig near his waistband. The officer secured him and found three other knives on his person.
Allegedly, Swift had taken the Nissan, which was a rental car, from a former girlfriend at 2 a.m., without permission.
Swift said the Nissan belonged to his girlfriend and was not a stolen vehicle.
A search of Swift allegedly turned up the Nissan key fob, a hypo needle and a baggie of meth weighing 1.45 grams.
On Jan. 11, Swift appeared before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail at $100 or bond at $1,000, with standard conditions, or bond at $10,000 without any conditions for release.