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MASON CITY | A Mason City man previously charged with stealing tools, bicycles and a truck last year has been arrested again for allegedly stealing a law enforcement officer's bike and a pink backpack and carrying steel knuckles. 

Joshuah John Hockenson, 22, is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, carrying a dangerous weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Hokenson allegedly went on a short burglary spree between 12:01 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Saturday in the 1300 to 1400 block of South Carolina Avenue.

He is accused of stealing a Specialized fat tire bike from a law enforcement officer's garage during that time frame, court documents said. An investigation determined Hockenson's shoe prints matched those at the scene, police wrote in charging documents, and a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's deputy later observed Hockenson with the bike.

A deputy also observed Hockenson wearing a pink backpack, which was taken in a burglary of an unoccupied vehicle on the street during the same time frame, court documents said. A second neighboring vehicle was also burglarized.

In the car burglaries, law enforcement said Hockenson was also identified by shoe prints at the scene.

Hockenson was arrested about 5:55 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Street Southeast and South Georgia Avenue. Police in charging documents said they found steel knuckles in his back pocket and a needle used for drugs concealed in a black case in his groin area.

He is being held on a $2,000 bond. Hockenson is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Jan. 24. 

A non-jury trial for the drug paraphernalia charge is set for July 13.

In previous incidents, Hockensen is accused of driving a stolen pickup truck from Franklin County to Mason City in May. Police say he left it in the parking lot at Walmart. 

In mid-October, Hockenson allegedly stole tools and bicycles in a string of garage burglaries.

He submitted a written guilty plea to third-degree burglary and third-degree burglary of an unoccupied motor vehicle last month, according to court documents. He will be sentenced on those charges Jan. 29. 

According to a plea agreement, two charges of attempted burglary would be dropped. 

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