Suspicious person complaint leads to Peterson man’s arrest for car burglaries, vehicle thefts

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A Peterson man faces charges connected to multiple car burglaries and two vehicle thefts in Spencer.

On Monday, the Spencer Police Department stated in a news release that Gary Stallings II was arrested June 11 after officers responded to a suspicious person complaint near 215 12th Avenue West.

Officers arrived on scene that afternoon to find several individuals running away on foot from police.

Law enforcement apprehended one of the men, Stallings, in the 800 block of 14th Avenue West.

During an investigation, officers determined Stallings had been involved in multiple car burglaries and two separate vehicle thefts that occurred during the overnight hours in Spencer.

Police said Stallings had used multiple credit/debit cards that were stolen from those vehicles.

Stallings was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony; first-degree theft, a class C felony; four counts of fraudulent use of credit cards, aggravated misdemeanors; two counts of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, aggravated misdemeanors; two counts of third-degree burglary, serious misdemeanors; and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

As of Monday, Stallings was being held at the Clay County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted Spencer police during this case.

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