Munson and Rickard

Two truckloads of fishing gear were seized from a camper at the Snake River Campground on the Kanabec/Aitkin County border during a multi-agency theft investigation over Fourth of July weekend.

According to criminal complaints filed by the Kanabec and Mille Lacs County attorney’s offices, numerous thefts of fishing gear were reported from Father Hennepin State Park and McQuoid’s Inn in Mille Lacs County and the South Isle Family Campground located in Kanabec County.

On July 4, an Isle police officer observed a vehicle that matched the description of one used in a theft at Father Hennepin earlier that day. The vehicle was pulled over and the officer observed a number of fishing poles and tackle boxes sitting in the bed of the pickup.

The driver, Matthias David Munson, 28, of Monticello, was unable to accurately describe the brand names of the poles in his possession.

When police questioned his passenger, Natasha Marie Rickard, 26, of Monticello, she reportedly assumed the rods and reels were stolen. According to the complaint, she also told police he had a lot of fishing equipment at his camper in the Snake River Campground. She was unsure of if they belonged to Munson.

When the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, Isle Police Department, Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office searched the camper, they recovered 103 fishing rods and reels, 56 tackle boxes and five fish finders.

The property included items matching descriptions from earlier reported thefts.

Munson and Rickard were each charged by Kanabec County with two felony counts of receiving stolen property. Mille Lacs County charged them each with one felony count of theft and one felony count of receiving stolen property.

Kirsten Faurie is the editor of the Kanabec County Times.