Former Story County Treasurer Renee M. Twedt faces a charge of second-degree theft after allegedly taking more than $5,000 worth of property from a truck belonging to her husband, from whom she is separated, authorities said.
Twedt also was charged with third-degree burglary and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Both are classified as aggravated misdemeanors.
If found guilty of all charges, Twedt could face a maximum sentence of nine years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Multiple attempts by the Tribune to reach Twedt on Monday were unsuccessful.
Twedt, 51, elected county treasurer in 2010, lost a re-election bid to current county Treasurer Ted Rasmusson in 2018. An employee of the office sued her that year, alleging age discrimination; the lawsuit was dismissed in July 2018 after a settlement.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Story City police, Twedt allegedly went April 27 to a residence in the 500 block of Broad St., where surveillance footage showed she entered and moved her husband’s 2011 GMC Sierra truck, .
She rummaged through the truck for about 30 minutes, looking for property of value, and was seen leaving in another vehicle with a backpack from the truck, said Matt Sporleder, Story City’s police chief.
The complaint said that minutes later, Twedt returned to the truck and was seen removing its trailer hitch, and the hitch from another truck belonging to her husband, who Sporleder identified as Seth Twedt.
When Seth Twedt reported the incident to the authorities, he said $4,000 in cash and other items such as trail cameras — worth an estimated $1,150 — had been taken from the vehicle, Sporleder said.
Local authorities said that Renee Twedt was spotted Sunday at a local market. They detained her and took her to Story County Jail in Nevada. She was released Monday on $20,000 bond.
An initial appearance is scheduled for June 3 at Ames City Hall, said Story County Attorney Tim Meals.