Michael Arndt charged with three felonies

Michael Robert Arndt, 34, Cushing, was charged July 3 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of knowingly violating the registration requirements for a predatory offender.

In March 2002, Arndt was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in McLeod County. As a result, he is required to register as a predatory offender and keep the state informed of his residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Arndt’s last reported residence was on Highway 10 near Cushing, beginning May 12. Later, a Morrison County deputy learned Arndt had been living on Highway 115 beginning in April.

On June 20, another deputy with Morrison County took a taped statement from Arndt while he was in jail for another charge. He allegedly admitted he had lived at the Highway 115 address for several months.

If convicted, Arndt faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for the failure to register charge.

Arndt was also charged July 7 with theft and third degree burglary for an incident June 14.

On that day, 33 heavy-duty batteries, valued at more than $7,000, were reported  stolen from a Pierz company. A surveillance video showed a van parked near the shed where the batteries had been stored.

On June 15, a burglary was being investigated in Randall and Arndt was mentioned as a possible suspect. He had traded another person his van for a different vehicle. Inside that van the officer was able to see several industrial sized batteries matching the description of those stolen from the Pierz business.

On June 20, it was learned Arndt had been arrested the evening before for fleeing a peace officer. In an interview conducted at the Morrison County Jail, Arndt allegedly admitted stealing the batteries.

If convicted, Arndt faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.