NEW ULM - A misdemeanor theft complaint filed last month in Brown County District Court involves Markplatz Mall business owner Ted Jafvert and Randy Danielson who owns the south one-third of the mall.
Jafvert told New Ulm Police that on or about Sept. 21, 2013, Danielson took scaffolding and a six-foot ladder belonging to Jafvert which he refused to return, according to the complaint.
Danielson told Jafvert that the scaffolding and ladder were on "his" side of a disputed wall within the mall, and that Danielson was therefore entitled to keep those items, according to court documents. The scaffolding was valued at $179 and the ladder at about $129.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
A wall was recently built in the middle of the Marktplatz Mall. Meanwhile, a theft complaint involving Ted Jafvert and Randy Danielson was filed Oct. 4 in Brown County District Court. See related story.
Police called Danielson who admitted he had Jafvert's ladder and scaffolding. Police asked him to meet and return the property but Danielson refused to do so, according to the complaint.
Danielson was scheduled to appear in court on a theft charge on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 but did not appear. He was arrested Friday and booked into the Brown County Jail at 10:27 a.m. He posted $300 bail and left the jail Friday. His next court date will be set later.
Danielson told The Journal Friday that he will lock up any materials left on his mall property. He added that he is missing blue prints, tile maps, more than $6,000 worth of tools and $3,000 in retail items he said Jafvert put in his store.
"People have stolen my things...there's a criminal hierarchy in this city," Danielson said.