In this week’s crime files, Cody James Gramkow of rural Olivet stands accused of stealing $67,000 worth of equipment:
According to a press release from the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office, Cody James Gramkow, 30, has been arrested and is being held in the Yankton County jail on Hutchinson County charges of grand theft and receiving stolen property.
A skid loader and equipment were reported stolen from Yankton’s Mark’s Machinery in July, according to the press release. The items, valued at approximately $50,000, were recovered from a rural Hutchinson County residence. Also recovered was a 3-axle flatbed trailer and equipment valued at approximately $17,000 that was reported stolen in May from an East River Electric job site near Napa Junction in Yankton County [staff, “Rural Olivet Man Arrested in Connection with Thefts,” Yankton Press & Dakotan, 2017.10.27].
I generally resist crime-of-the-week posts unless there’s a policy or political connection. Gramkow provides the latter: Poll Vault lists Cody Gramkow as campaign manager for District 19 Representative Kyle Schoenfish. Gramkow promoted Schoenfish on his Facebook page and celebrated Schoenfish’s reëlection in 2016 with this post:
Schoenfish appears to have returned the favor by deleting any post mentioning Gramkow from his campaign Facebook page. Here’s the cached version of what “campaign helper” Gramkow put on Schoenfish’s page on lection night 2016:
Schoenfish has a hard time noticing when millions of dollars go AWOL from a public agency making friends rich with a federal grant, but when a campaign associate might have swiped some farm equipment, mentions of that defendant’s name disappear from Schoenfish’s campaign page pretty quickly.