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Former Dakota County corrections officer charged with theft

A 30-year-old Cottage Grove man apparently rented a vehicle at the Hertz Rent-A-Car at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and did not return it within the four-day time period. For two months he apparently drove the vehicle to and from his job as a Dakota County corrections officer at the Dakota County Law Enforcement Center in Hastings.

This week, the Minneapolis Airport Police Department charged Antwayn Terrell Hunter with one felony count of theft of motor vehicle in Hennepin County.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Airport Police was called Aug. 19 to the Police Operations Center at the airport on the report of the non-return of a rental vehicle. An employee at Hertz told the officer a Toyota Prius had been rented to Hunter June 12 for a four-day period. As of Aug. 19, the car had not been returned.

On Aug. 25, an investigator with the Minneapolis Airport Police was assigned the case. He learned Hunter was employed by Dakota County and the vehicle was in the parking lot at the Law Enforcement Center. The investigator went to the Law Enforcement Center, and met with a sheriff's department commander. As they went to talk to Hunter, they learned he had left in the vehicle. Hunter was later arrested at his home.

In an interview with investigators, Hunter said he did not return the vehicle on time and said he was having financial troubles.

Hunter resigned from Dakota County several weeks ago. He is not in custody.

Conviction on this charge carries a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a fine of $10,000.