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Watford police make major break-through in string of burglaries

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Steven Oliver Larson was charged with “Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance-- Methamphetamine” as well as “Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-- Methamphetamine," Courtesy of Watford City Police Department.

The Waterford City Police Chief, Shawn Doble, issued a press release on Sept. 5, 2019, outlining an investigation into a string of more than 12 burglaries and a related drug bust, which ended with three adults and three juveniles being detained.

According to the chief’s statement, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Watford City police officers were dispatched to a vehicle break-in on the 400 block of Third Avenue Northeast in Watford City.

Shortly after receiving the first call, dispatch received another call of a burglary less than one block away, the release said. The homeowner of the second break-in chased the suspect, and while doing so, a firearm fell to the ground from the suspect’s pants. The suspect picked the handgun up, and continued to flee to a residence on the 200 block of Sixth Street Northeast. At this residence, WCPD officers were able to recover a second firearm from the same area, as well as other stolen items that were dropped by the suspects, before securing the residence and obtaining a search warrant.

Upon searching the house, police found two adult males, Timothy Ray Allgier, 43, and Steven Oliver Larson, 58, both of Watford City, as well as an unidentified female and with three juveniles.

Allgier and Larson were both charged with possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia.

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According to police, “officers also located a stolen firearm, ammunition and other stolen property at the residence.”

One juvenile was placed in State custody, and the other two were released to their parents pending further investigation, the press release confirmed. The adult female was also released from the scene pending further investigation.

Since the suspects are juveniles, no further information on this active case will be released to the public. WCPD are asking that the community help the investigation by “reviewing any residential or commercial video footage from the area of Long Drive, Village Lane, 2nd Ave NE and 3rd Ave NE, Watford City, from approximately 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m,” from Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019. If you notice anything suspicious, please called WCPD.

“WCPD encourages you to not leave valuable items, such as money, firearms, or prescription medication in unattended and unlocked vehicles,” Chief Doble said. “These thefts are a crime of opportunity and can be reduced or prevented by safely securing your valuables.”

The Watford City Police Department would also like to thank those in the areas of where these crimes were committed who have gone “above and beyond” in assisting them in this case.

“Their assistance is greatly appreciated,” the release concluded.

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Timothy Ray Allgier was charged with “Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance-- Methamphetamine” as well as “Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-- Methamphetamine," Courtesy of the Watford City Police Department

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