FERRIS TOWNSHIP — A local teenager who was the target of an investigation regarding the theft of scrap metal was arrested Monday after attempting to flee from law enforcement.
Brock Peterson, 18, of Greenville, was arrested after he fled from Michigan State Police troopers as attempts were made to arrest him at a residence on Briggs Road near Vickeryville Road in Ferris Township.
The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office canine team was brought in and located Peterson in a nearby barn among large hay bales.
Peterson’s charges include two felony charges of buying and selling non-ferrous metals, a misdemeanor larceny charge, a parole violation warrant, four failure to appear in court warrants and two out of county warrants.
Despite his young age, Peterson already has a lengthy criminal record. He was charged with 17 crimes in the summer of 2012 after breaking into multiple Vestaburg-area businesses with two other young men.
The victimized businesses included Walker’s of Vestaburg, Vestaburg Cart Speed Shop and Vestaburg Automotive. All three businesses sustained major damages and theft in July 2012. Vestaburg Community School was also broken into and vandalized that summer, sustaining $20,000 in damages.
Peterson, who was a 17-year-old student at Vestaburg High School at the time of the crimes, pleaded guilty to four of the 17 charges. The other charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea, but he was ordered to pay restitution in all cases, along with his co-defendants.