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Auto theft suspect claims he bought car without keys

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A man charged with auto theft told Cottage Grove police he bought the car with a damaged ignition and steering column and that it did not come with keys, according to authorities.

Police arrested Jake D. Novaczyk, 32, on Monday for outstanding warrants following a traffic stop in Cottage Grove. Novaczyk also faces new felony charges of receiving stolen property and theft of a motor vehicle in a criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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