LAKE MILLS | A Lake Mills man arrested in November for allegedly hiding a kidnapping suspect in his home is now accused of stealing $20,000 in tools from a Thompson business.

Mason City man charged in Lake Mills kidnapping case

Andrew John Aukes, 31, will be arraigned Feb. 26 in Winnebago County District Court on charges of felony first-degree theft and misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. 

Aukes is accused of driving off in a service truck belonging to Advanced Concrete, Inc., on Jan. 26. 

The truck was recovered at another location in Thompson, but all the tools inside were missing, according to Winnebago County Sheriff's Office charging documents. 

Officers conducted a search warrant at Aukes' residence and allegedly found the shoes he was wearing were a match to footprints found at the scene where the vehicle was recovered.

Officers also found a digital caliper and box that were inside the truck, according to the sheriff's office. 

Aukes, who was arrested Feb. 11, is scheduled to go to trial on April 10 on a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory to a felony after the fact. 

Officers went to Aukes' home in the 200 block of North Mill Street on Nov. 7 on a K-9 track looking for a kidnapping suspect, according to Lake Mills Police Department charging documents.  

The suspect was Kristofer Voigt, 38, Mason City, who police believed abducted a woman from a residence in Lake Mills. 

Police say although Aukes was told about the offense, he still aided Voigt by hiding him in an upstairs closet. 

Officers found Voigt and the woman he allegedly kidnapped in Mason City later that day.

Police conducted a search warrant at the Aukes' home the next day and found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to charging documents. 

Police say six minor children were in the home when the search warrant was conducted. 

Aukes was charged with misdemeanor methamphetamine and marijuana possession.

Aukes and his wife, Holly Sue Aukes, 36, have also been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. 

Voigt is scheduled to be tried Feb. 27 on  felony charges of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary. 

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