Fett pleads not guilty to second-degree theft

Frances Myers

Collin Fett, senior in kinesiology and health, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing 40 bicycles from Iowa State’s campus and selling them on Craigslist.

Fett was charged with second-degree theft after ISU’s Department of Public Safety conducted an investigation and found 40 stolen bikes at his home.

On Monday, July 9, Fett pleaded not guilty.

“Theft is a charge that, by level, is based on value,” said Stephen Holmes, Story County attorney. “Fett is accused of stealing property which is greater than $1,000 in value. Theft is a statute that you can aggregate offenses.”

Back in May, ISU Police had received a total of 16 stolen bicycle reports. An investigation was started and five listings of bicycles were found on Craigslist. Some of these bicycles matched the descriptions of those stolen from Iowa State’s campus.

Investigators went to Fett’s address listed on the Craigslist listings and found many of the bicycles in plain view, with more in the basement.

According to court documents, Fett admitted to officers he had stolen a few bicycles from around campus and was selling them online. He had told officers he was using a bolt cutter and taking them back to his house in his van.

The total value of the bicycles was estimated at around $3,200, according to the Ames Tribune.

Fett was arrested on a warrant but later released.

A jury trial in the case has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 28.