A Watonwan County sheriff's deputy is facing a felony charge after investigators allegedly found a stolen Bobcat skid loader at his home.
A criminal complaint filed Monday says the Bobcat was reported stolen in 2004 by Crow River Rental in Otsego. It says the loader was found in a pole barn during a Dec. 8 search at the home of Deputy Jose Avinael Lopez in rural Martin County.
Citing data practices laws, Watonwan County Sheriff Gary Menssen declined to comment about Lopez specifically but did say a deputy was on paid leave pending a criminal investigation.
Lopez, 33, is due to make his first court appearance Jan. 13.
He's the second Watonwan County deputy to face felony charges this year. Joe Dahl retired in April after being charged with theft for allegedly lying about hours worked. He is scheduled to go to trial in March.