GRANTON, WI (WSAU) - If you’re going to report suspicious activity to the police, be sure you’re not the one breaking the law. That’s what a Granton man learned. 49-year-old Terry J. Vandeberg was at an abandoned house gathering scrap metal to sell. Vandeberg called the Clark County Sheriff’s Department when he discovered an ice cream pail with syringes and other paraphernalia he believed was used for making methamphetamines.
Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the syringes were filled with saline solution left behind by a former tenant, and the other items weren’t paraphernalia at all. Deputies also discovered that Vandeberg did not have permission to be at the abandoned house, and he was intoxicated. Vandeberg was arrested for burglary and theft of movable property. When he arrived at jail, he registered a .258 blood-alcohol reading.
James Mills is the owner of the property. Mills confirmed Vandeberg did not have permission to be on the property or to obtain scrap metals. Mills also told deputies the padlock was missing from the south door of the abandoned house.
Vandeberg posted a 500-dollar cash bond yesterday. He is due back in court November 30th at 8:40 a.m. for an initial appearance.