A traffic stop in Burt County led to the arrest of a Humphrey man who allegedly admitted to numerous burglaries, including three in Washington County.
Ryan R. Peterson, 37, is charged with three counts of burglary, a Class 2A felony; three counts of theft by unlawful taking, $0-$500, a Class 2 misdemeanor; and three counts of criminal mischief, a Class 3 misdemeanor.
A warrant was issued Monday for Peterson's arrest in Washington County.
According to arrest affidavits from both Blair police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Peterson admitted to the burglaries of the Dew Drop Inn in Kennard in January, St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Blair in March and the American Legion Hall in Herman earlier this month.
Peterson was arrested April 14 following a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, a deputy observed medication in the vehicle that was consistent with medication reported stolen from a veterinary clinic in Burt County.
On April 15, detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Blair police interviewed Peterson.
Peterson admitted to breaking into the Dew Drop Inn, 105 W. 2nd St., Kennard, on Jan. 17. He told the detective he forced his way in through a back door and stole packs of cigarettes, money and a bag of tools.
Peterson also gave details of how he broke into St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in the early morning hours of March 14 by prying open a window. He stole money and a tablet. Estimated damage to the building was $10,000, according to Fr. James Netusil.
Peterson also admitted to breaking into the American Legion Hall in Herman on April 5. He had forced open the basement doors, which caused $3,500 in damage. He stole $60 in cash.
According to the reports, Peterson said he was using methamphetamine at the time of the burglaries. He said he was looking for money to purchase more meth.