Minto Man Faces Felony Theft Charges


A Minto man is facing two felony charges, following an investigation last month in Walsh County.

According to court documents, 58-year-old Daniel Lee Slominski, of Minto, faces one Class A Felony charge of theft or possession of stolen property, and one Class B Felony charge of theft or possession of stolen property.

A Walsh County resident reported to authorities, in the beginning of April 2019, that Slominski possessed a road grader/maintainer that had “PCI” decals on the side. The witness saw the vehicle a short time later, with no decals on it. On April 17, deputies executed a search warrant and recovered the road grader/maintainer. At the same time, they also seized a 2003 Peterbilt Conventional 379.

Authorities were able to ascertain that the road grader/maintainer was stolen by working with Butler Machinery to get the needed information.

Then, on April 18, authorities recovered a stolen 2016 Maurer Drop Deck trailer from a property in rural Minto. The trailer had a plate registered to Slominski, but all identifying information had been removed. Using information from the manufacturer, authorities were able to ascertain the trailer was stolen.

The Caterpillar was reported stolen in Nebraska, and the trailer was reported stolen in Iowa. The value of both vehicles totaled more than $200,000.

Slominski was jailed on $15,000 cash or surety bond, and he must restrict his travel to the State of North Dakota.

He will be back in jail May 13.