They report that on the morning of Thursday, September 26th, an O’Brien County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 18 in Sheldon.
All three people in the car had active arrest warrants and all three were arrested and taken into custody.
Deputies conducted a subsequent investigation and found stolen property in the vehicle that included money, a shotgun, ammunition, and a television that were stolen from a rural O’Brien County home.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Dustin Rex Mauer on a Woodbury County warrant for Probation Violation/Forgery. He was also charged with Fourth Degree Theft and Failure To Have a Valid Driver’s License. Mauer was being held in the O’Brien County Jail with a bond of $1000.
They arrested 19-year-old Austin John Pate on a Union County (South Dakota) warrant for Probation Violation/Burglary. He was also charged in O’Brien County with Fourth Degree Theft and was also being held in the O’Brien County Jail on a $1000 bond.
Deputies also arrested 39-year-old Lana Faye VandenBrink on a Plymouth County warrant for Probation Violation/Forgery.
She was also charged with a felony count of Forgery, Fourth Degree Theft, and Interference With Official Acts. That charge was filed because she gave deputies a false name in an attempt to avoid arrest, knowing she had active arrest warrants. At last check, Vanden Brink was being held in the O’Brien County Jail on a $5000 bond.