Man arrested on burglary charges
RUSHMORE — A Rushmore man was arrested Thursday after officers allegedly caught the man siphoning fuel and discovered 1.3 grams of methamphetamine during a search of his vehicle.
Tracy Lee Peterson, 24, is facing felony charges of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary or theft tools and fifth-degree drug possession. Peterson is also facing single misdemeanor charges of trespassing, drug paraphernalia possession and driving without a valid driver’s license.
At approximately 1:26 a.m. Thursday, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on patrol when they noticed a pickup traveling west on 270th Street before slamming on its brakes and turning north onto Ivers Avenue.
According to court documents, the pickup pulled up to a residence on Ivers Avenue. While driving past the residence, deputies shined a spotlight and noticed the pickup was missing its front license plate. Peterson was also allegedly leaning forward toward the pickup’s steering wheel and appeared to be concealing something in the front dash area of the pickup.
When deputies questioned Peterson about being at the residence, he allegedly said his pickup had been overheating and that he needed to pull over. He added that he saw a light on in the living room, believed someone was home and then knocked on the back door of the residence, but no one came to the door. Peterson also allegedly said that he had just bought the pickup three days ago, and that the previous owner had taken the plates off.
When deputies looked in the back of the pickup, the court documents said, they noticed at least five empty gas cans, a cut garden hose and what appeared to be a hand pump attached to one end of the hose. When questioned about these items, Peterson would not respond. He became more nervous and agitated with law enforcement, to which he was detained for safety reasons.
Deputies continued to search the vehicle and found a black pouch wedged between the front dash panels to the right of the steering wheel. Inside the pouch was a small plastic baggy that contained two other baggies with a white substance inside that weighed 1.3 grams. Also inside the pouch was a small glass pipe rolled up in a bandanna that later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents.
Law enforcement attempted to contact the owners of the residence that morning, but with no success.
Peterson was booked into the Nobles County Jail and refused to speak to deputies. He makes his initial appearance in Nobles County District Court on Aug. 12.
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