December 7, 2018 - 11:19 am - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — The man who is alleged to have both robbed Casey’s West in Sheldon and intended to engage law enforcement in armed conflict has pleaded “not guilty” to three felony and two misdemeanor charges.

According to a release from the Sheldon Police Department, they were called to Casey’s West shortly before 2:30 on the morning of Friday, November 2nd for a man who entered the store with a rifle, stole cigarettes, then left the store.

Authorities say officers from the Sheldon Police Department, Sanborn Police Department, and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded. Authorities say the suspect left the store in a silver Oldsmobile Alero with South Dakota license plates. The staff at Casey’s was able to provide authorities with the vehicle’s license plate number.

With help from the Watertown, South Dakota Police department, who contacted the registered owner of the vehicle, they were able to find that it had been sold to 33-year-old Thomas Tuttle. (Tuttle has since had a birthday and is now 34.) Casey’s personnel viewed the security camera video and confirmed that Tuttle was the man who had entered the store with the rifle.

Tuttle was located sometime later, sitting in his car, which was parked on a Sheldon city street. He was taken into custody by a multi-agency Special Response Team.

During interrogation, Tuttle reportedly admitted that he had been driving around in Sheldon, looking for law enforcement officers to engage in armed conflict. Tuttle also allegedly told authorities he had planned to rob a Sheldon bank.

Court records indicate Tuttle has been charged with First Degree Robbery, a class B felony; Possession With Intent To Deliver Methamphetamine as a habitual offender, a class C felony; Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, a class D felony; Possession of a Prescription Drug Without A Prescription,and Possession of Methamphetamine, both serious misdemeanors. Tuttle has filed a written plea of “not guilty” to these charges. At last report, Judge Nancy Whittenburg had not yet set a trial date.

Tuttle is also charged in a separate case with Interference with Official Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both simple misdemeanors. Court documents indicate no plea has been filed in that case.

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