Dean Nohle suspected of stealing a car in Madison

A man from Bloomfield, N.Y., was charged Friday in Monroe County with two felonies related to motor vehicle theft following an arrest by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on U.S. Highway 24 near Madison.

Dean Nohle, 25, was spotted by a Highway Patrol officer on Friday morning walking on the shoulder of the road, wearing pajama-style pants, a dark T-shirt, one sock and a red fleece. The Monroe County Joint Communications Center had recently broadcast a citizen call about a suspicious man walking near the Madison Cemetery.

“I thought it was unusual for the male to be walking on asphalt wearing one sock, the other foot bare, and to be wearing a fleece vest,” read the probable cause statement from Highway Patrol Corporal Kyle Easley.

Easley said that he stopped to offer assistance and allowed the man, later identified as Nohle, to sit in the car to cool off. While Nohle was in the car, Easley said that a report was broadcast about a stolen vehicle in the Madison area.

Easley said that Nohle changed his story on how he arrived in Madison, and that he then detained him.

A Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputy located a Buick that had been reported stolen from Farrell Street in Madison at the Madison Cemetery, and a Hyundai that was reported stolen from Pontoon Beach, Ill., was discovered about two blocks away.

Nohle, the report said, was also identified by employee of Dollar General Store as shoplifting from a photograph.

“She informed me the male in the photograph was the one who failed to pay for the merchandise,” Easley said in his report. “The reporting party of a suspicious male identified the red fleece vest as his and had been located in a shop near his house. A computer check of Nohle’s driving record revealed his driving privilege was suspended in New York.”

Nohle was arrested and charged on Friday afternoon by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick with two felonies – tampering with a motor vehicle and stealing a vehicle; four misdemeanors – two counts of stealing and two counts of driving while revoked or suspended; and one count of second-degree trespassing.

He is being held in the Monroe County jail on $30,000 bond.