Gaylord man gets probation for stolen car charge


Gaylord resident Leonard Scholla was sentenced to five years probation to the Department of Corrections Thursday. Scholla, 67, was charged with theft for allegedly selling a stolen motor vehicle to another person.

The Court sentenced Scholla to 15 months but stayed execution of the sentence and ordered Scholla to serve five years probation. He paid a fine and surcharge totaling $682, and restitution totaling $7,830.

Scholla will serve 90 days electronic home monitoring, with medical release allowed for himself and his wife. Other terms of probation include notifying probation and court administration of any address and phone changes, obey all laws and conditions of the department assigned, no same and similar violations, submit to DNA test, and undergo a psychological evaluation and sign releases and follow recommendations.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 1, 2007, the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from the International Airport Police in St. Paul. The department was investigating a theft in the airport’s parking ramp that occurred between June 9, 2002 and July 24, 2003.

By checking the vehicle’s identification number, the airport police discovered that the vehicle was registered to Ryan Chadderdon of Le Center. He had purchased the vehicle was Scholla in May 2005.

Scholla had allegedly obtained the vehicle after receiving a call to tow it from west of town, and it was stored in his storage shed. After months went by, Scholla began submitting documents to the state to retitle the vehicle in his name.