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Shevlin man sentenced for stealing cars, operating mobile meth lab

BEMIDJI — A Shevlin man was sent to prison Wednesday for cooking methamphetamine and stealing two vehicles — one of which caught fire —when he returned to his mobile meth lab in November.

Dustin Laverne Dobson, 27, will serve six years and 11 months at the St. Cloud Correctional facility. He was sentenced by Beltrami District Judge John Melbye for felony first-degree possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felony theft.

On Nov. 19, Dobson went to the home of a friend to ask for money, according to court documents. The friend refused and Dobson mentioned stealing a vehicle. Hours later, the friend whom Dobson asked for money reported her vehicle stolen. She later called police to say she’d located it in a gravel pit near the Bemidji Archery Club.

Police found the vehicle stuck and called for a tow truck. Nearby, and under construction debris, police located meth cooking materials and chemicals, including pseudo ephedrine pills soaking in liquid. The evidence was collected and tested positive for methamphetamine.

Dobson later told police he’d learned to cook meth from unidentified people in the Bagley area.

After getting the vehicle stuck, Dobson left the area and stole another car, police said. By the time he returned to the gravel pit, police had already removed the first stolen vehicle. As he attempted to leave the pit, the second stolen car caught fire.

Dobson left on foot and went to a nearby home where he told the homeowner his car had caught fire. The homeowner called police, who took Dobson into custody. 

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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