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Appleton man and juvenile arrested for series of burglaries

APPLETON -- Appleton police took two suspects into custody after hearing gunshots and surrounding an Appleton home on Nov. 23. The two are allegedly responsible for a number of thefts in the Appleton area, according to a police report.

Facing felony charges of second- and third-degree burglary and damaging property are Dallas Scott Senske, 19, and Landon Pederson, 17, both of Appleton.

After a hearing Tuesday, Pederson was certified to face the felony charges as an adult. He also faces charges of possessing a sawed-off rifle made into a handgun, illegal discharge of a gun within a municipality, theft and tampering with a motor vehicle.

According to a report from from Police Chief Doug Moe, the arrest of the two followed an officer's response to a report of a burglary at 4:55 a.m. Nov. 23 at Boettcher Service in Appleton. While investigating the burglary, the officer heard gunshots within the block, north of Boettcher Service.

Further gunshots led him to a residence on the 600 block of North Munsterman Street. After calling for backup, officers entered the home where they found multiple items that had been reported stolen.

The complaint alleges that Pederson, who was apparently intoxicated, had been shooting out his bedroom window into a fence in the backyard.

Officers arrested Pederson in his bedroom, where they spotted numerous items reported as stolen. The complaint alleges that 66 different items -- ranging from a $800 Motorola flip phone to fishing poles, guns and other goods reported as taken from homes and a vehicle -- were recovered from the home.

While at the residence and taking Pederson into custody, deputies learned that another suspect could be in a crawl space beneath the house. The crawl space was searched and Dallas Senske was arrested at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Guns, also reported stolen, were found in the home and in the crawl space. They included a muzzle loader valued at $850 and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Senske allegedly admitted to breaking into both a private residence and Boettcher Service that morning, according to the complaint. At the residence, the two allegedly "completely trashed the place" as well as stole beer and other items.

Senske also admitted to breaking into Boettcher Service, according to the allegations against him. Among the items stolen at the business were three engines, gloves, bank bags and a utility knife and extra blades.

A window had been broken to gain entry to the business. Rather than lift the engines out of the window, the two allegedly broke a door, the complaint charges. It took an hour for them to haul the stolen items to the residence where they were recovered, it states.

Senske has made an initial court appearance and is free on conditions after posting $4,500 bail, according to court records.

The Appleton Police were assisted by the Swift County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota State Patrol. A portion of North Munsterman was blocked off and traffic routed to Herring Street while the home was surrounded.