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Three face burglary, theft charges for roles in burglary of Spicer home

WILLMAR -- Three people made their first court appearances Monday on felony first-degree burglary and theft charges for their alleged roles in burglarizing an occupied residence Friday in rural Spicer.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 for Shane Allen Peterson, 26, of Willmar. His next appearance is July 15 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

William Michael Peterson, 43, and Dawn Jean Meyer, 39, both of Kerkhoven, are each charged with aiding and abetting first-degree burglary and theft. Both also make their next court appearance on July 15.

According to the complaints against the trio, the burglary was reported via 911 call around noon Friday along 122nd Avenue Northeast. A woman was home from work that day and sleeping and woke to find a man, later identified as Shane Peterson, in her home. The woman reported that the man ran up the stairs and outside, where he got into a silver Buick that sped away toward U.S. Highway 71.

The woman said she had heard the front door of the house slamming repeatedly and the dog barking continuously before she saw the man in the house.

A deputy stopped the car along County Road 5 in Willmar and found that Meyer was the driver of the vehicle and the two men were passengers. The woman who reported the burglary was brought to the scene of the traffic stop and identified Shane Peterson as the man who was in her home.

Shane Peterson told a deputy that they went to Games Lake to meet someone, who was not at the lake, and so they came back to Willmar. He said they did not stop on their way back to town.

Meyer and William Peterson told deputies that Shane Peterson told them that a person at the home owed him a drug debt, that he gave directions to get to the residence and then knocked and entered the home.

Meyer said she assumed someone let him into the home, but she did not see anyone at the door. She said he later came out of the house walking fast and said "let's go" with something in his hand. William Peterson confirmed that they had been at the residence.

Shane Peterson was questioned a second time, about the information given by the others, and declined to speak further with investigators.

The stolen items, recovered when deputies searched the vehicle, included a laptop computer and several archery bows. The total value of the items was $2,550.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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