Man caught soliciting money in Berthold arrested for stolen property

BERTHOLD, N.D. – A Stanley man faces a possession of stolen property charge after police say he was banging on a person’s window in Berthold, N.D., trying to solicit money for gas.

Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt says that a woman called police Monday saying a man, later identified as 35-year-old Eric Deck, scared her when he approached her for money.

Deck admitted to officers to soliciting money from the woman, and claimed he was headed to Minot on Highway 2 when his truck ran out of gas.

Court records indicate that another resident had offered Deck a ride and was taking him to a nearby gas station at the time of the incident.

Deck also told officers he had marijuana in his truck. A K-9 officer helped investigators locate a marijuana pipe, along with two plastic bindles with meth residue in them.

Investigators also found counterfeit payroll checks in Deck’s wallet from a Tennessee logging company, along with a stolen credit card, several gift cards, and women’s jewelry.

The owner of the credit card confirmed her card was missing.

Deck also had a suspended driver’s license and was on parole out of Tennessee for a narcotics conviction.

Deck made his initial appearance Tuesday and remains in custody in Minot.