A report from local Police say a man that was recently arrested in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in Dubuque, also had a sawed-off shotgun in his home. Tristen M. Smith, 19, of 1273 1/2 Bluff Street, was arrested at 9:21am on Sunday, October 9th, at his residence.

Credit: Dubuque Police
Credit: Dubuque Police

He was arrested on charges of second-degree attempted burglary, three counts of third-degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and control of a firearm by a domestic abuse offender. He also had outstanding warrants charging voluntary absence from custody, and seven counts of probation violation.

Court documents show that police officers, who were investigating the three vehicle burglaries that occurred over the weekend in Dubuque, executed a search warrant at around 9am Sunday (10/9) at Smith’s residence. The suspect was located in the attic of the residence along with a large amount of stolen property, which included gift cards, driver’s licenses, debit cards, and social security cards. While investigating, officers also located a sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun, along with drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the above charges, Smith is also accused of an attempted break in at a home on Windsor Avenue, from October of 2021. A warrant for his arrest for that incident was issued on September 30th. Smith had been held at the state correctional facility at 1494 Elm Street in January as a result of the violation of his probation following prior drug and burglary convictions. Court documents state he left the facility and didn’t return as required on July 1st.

More information about Dubuque' ID4PD and P2C programs visit this website: ID4PD | Dubuque, IA - Official Website (cityofdubuque.org)

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