Tip leads to arrest in vehicle theft

Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, police followed an Anoka man who allegedly stole a vehicle in St. Francis and arrested him after he had driven it to a pole barn in Nowthen.

Randy Lee Peterson, 45, 443 North St., Anoka, is due back in court July 9 on felony motor vehicle use without consent and receiving stolen property charges.

Peterson has posted $5,000 bail.

According to the complaint, after Coon Rapids Police received information that Peterson was planning to steal a 1995 Chevrolet pickup from an address on St. Francis Boulevard, authorities asked and got permission from the vehicle owner to have a GPS tracking device placed on it.

And when police received word from the confidential informant that he was allegedly driving Peterson to the address so that he could take the vehicle the night of June 6, they set up surveillance.

Peterson allegedly drove the vehicle away and police followed him to a pole barn in Nowthen where he parked it.

Inside the pole barn police allegedly found not only the stolen vehicle, but also other property, including jet skis, that turned out to have been stolen.

According to the confidential informant, Peterson planned to remove the engine from the vehicle.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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