One person charged in Brownsdale raid Monday

Published 10:23 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

One of three people has been charged after a search warrant was executed at an auto repair shop in Brownsdale on Monday.

Ronald Thomas Waller, 49, of Brownsdale was charged Wednesday with fifth-degree drug possession and gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

At about 8:15 a.m. on Monday, law enforcement officers of the narcotics task force executed a search warrant at 203 S. Mill St., a building used by Waller, according to court records.

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Officers located Waller, another man and a woman. The man was arrested for possession of a trace amount of meth and the woman was arrested on a probation violation.

During the search, the following items were seized:

• A glass pipe in Waller’s pocket, which contained methamphetamine

• A glass meth pipe on the upstairs couch

• A butane lighter under an upstairs end table

• A scale in an upstairs bedroom

• A glass pipe under the upstairs couch

• A green pipe in the glove box of a car

• A scale and three tiptop bags in a bag, belonging to the other man

• A stolen handicap parking tag in the car

• Two checks from “Brucie Beatle Inc.” belonging to the other man

• Six video cameras and a DVR box in the garage

• A car computer

A 2005 Pontiac Sunfire engine worth $600 was also found during the search. The engine was reported stolen in Steele County.

Officers talked to Waller and he said he only buys and sells cars and that the only car at the location owned by him was a Pontiac Grand Prix. He was able to identify several owners of specific vehicles at the location.

Waller said the stolen engine was from a wrecked 2005 Pontiac Sunfire and said he took the engine out of the car and didn’t know the whereabouts of the rest of the vehicle. Waller said the only stolen property at the building could be some “tools and drills.”

He admitted “someone” told him the Sunfire was stolen and he believed the person made an insurance claim on the stolen car and then gave it to him to be “parted out.”

Waller was arrested and taken to Mower County Jail. Once there he said the Sunfire arrived at the garage about three months ago from a person named “Taz.” He also said about three different people told him the Sunfire was stolen.

Waller added he never got paid for his work after he took the engine out.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 5. Charges haven’t brought against the two other people yet.