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Montrose man wanted for Geddes burglary, theft

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GEDDES — An arrest warrant was issued last week for a Montrose man accused of breaking into a Geddes house in October and stealing a truck and gun.

Michael Pettigrew, 28, is charged with three felony offenses for allegedly breaking into a 367th Avenue house on Oct. 12 and taking a Ford F150 Super Duty pickup and a Glock 9mm 1911 pistol.

Pettigrew is charged with second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony; grand theft of property valued at more than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, a Class 4 felony; and grand theft of property valued at $2,500 or less, a Class 6 felony. A warrant for his arrest was issued Nov. 15.

On Nov. 12, Charles Mix County State's Attorney Steve Cotton filed a habitual offender charge against Pettigrew, alleging Pettigrew had five prior felony convictions for grand theft, failure to appear, unauthorized possession of a controlled substance and third- and fourth-offense DUIs between September 2013 and November 2018 in Minnehaha County.

A charge of being a habitual offender previously convicted of three or more nonviolent felonies isn't punishable by a sentence of its own, but it can enhance the maximum penalty of the most serious charge against a person by two offense levels, up to the maximum penalty for a Class C felony.

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If convicted of all three felony charges brought against him and the habitual offender charge, Pettigrew could be sentenced to up to 62 years in prison.

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