Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Man obstructs residential burglary investigation, deputies say


SPRING HILL - A Freeport Drive man was arrested Monday evening after interfering with a burglary investigation on his street, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

An arrest affidavit shows Steve Peterson, 43, approached Deputies Stephen Kelly and Keith McCabe, who were standing near their patrol cars and discussing the investigation, deputies said. Peterson told them he was a citizen and "demanded to know what was going on," deputies said.

The man began to argue with the officers after they told him to leave, and went back to his house after being told he could be arrested for obstructing justice.

Peterson returned about 10 minutes later, sitting on the lawn of a house where the burglary had taken place, and told the deputies to let go the two individuals they were in the process of arresting, deputies said. The man told the deputies "to look in your little book, because I'm not obstructing," deputies said. Peterson left and came back another time, holding an open beer bottle, and was arrested on charges of resisting an officer, obstruction without violence. He was released early Tuesday morning on $500 bond.

The deputies also arrested Michael A. Thompson and a juvenile on burglary charges.

Both Thompson, 31, and the juvenile, 13, admitted they broke into a vacant home through a window to charge a cell phone.

Thompson was arrested on charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, and is being held in lieu of $3,000 bond.


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