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Pig in a North Iowa confinement. 

LAKE MILLS | A man who allegedly stole pigs from a hog confinement near Lake Mills last fall has been arrested on charges of felony first-degree theft and third-degree burglary.

Robert Lee Morales, 20, Buffalo Center, appeared in Winnebago County District Court Tuesday. 

The theft of pigs from the Christensen Farms hog confinement operation in the 40500 block of 200th Avenue took place at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 4, according to a criminal complaint.

After midnight on Nov. 5, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office received a report of pigs squealing in the 100 block of First Avenue East in Thompson. 

A deputy who responded to the scene reported seeing approximately 50 pigs in a snowmobile trailer with sides on it that had a flat tire. 

The deputy knocked on all the apartment doors in the building the trailer was parked in front of, but no one would answer, according to the complaint. 

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The deputy sat a couple of blocks away to see if anyone would leave the building. When he came back 10 minutes later, the pigs were gone, according to the complaint.

The trailer was still there, but two vehicles that were at the scene earlier were missing, the complaint stated. 

Later that day the deputy spoke to a representative from Christensen Farms, who told him 150 pigs were stolen from a hog site.

Morales' next court appearance is scheduled for June 8.

His bail had been set at $10,000, but he was released from custody after posting a surety bond. 

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