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Published June 20, 2012, 01:07 PM

Police: Woman sells ex-boyfriend’s car for $80 after his assault arrest

MOORHEAD – A 23-year-old Fargo woman is accused of stealing her ex-boyfriend’s car and selling it to a scrap metal dealer while he was in the Clay County Jail for allegedly assaulting her.

By: Mike Nowatzki, INFORUM, Inforum.com

MOORHEAD – A 23-year-old Fargo woman is accused of stealing her ex-boyfriend’s car and selling it to a scrap metal dealer while he was in the Clay County Jail for allegedly assaulting her.

Erica Lane Peterson was charged with felony theft Monday in Clay County District Court.

According to court records and Assistant County Attorney Jenny Samarzja:

The car’s owner, Sejdo Beganovic, 30, of Moorhead, was arrested May 28 on suspicion of domestic assault against Peterson. Two days later, he called police from jail to report he had learned from a friend that Peterson had taken his 1991 Mercury Marquis and not returned it.

Peterson initially told police she had left the car on the street near the friend’s residence, but she later called an officer and said it had been crushed, the complaint says.

After being read her Miranda rights at the Law Enforcement Center, Peterson told police she was so upset about the domestic assault that she took Beganovic’s vehicle and sold it to Fargo Iron and Steel for $80, the complaint says. She said she tried to get it back but was told it had been crushed, it says.

Peterson told police she believed Beganovic, 30, owed her $9,000 in restitution, so she felt she could take the car, the complaint says.

A representative of Gerdau Ameristeel later contacted police and said he had the car – which hadn’t been crushed – and that it was delivered by an auto dealer. A representative from the auto dealer told police that Peterson brought the car to him saying that her boyfriend gave it to her and she didn’t want it anymore, the complaint says.

A summons was issued for Peterson to appear in court July 10. Beganovic’s next court appearance is set for June 29. He faces two counts of domestic assault, two counts of theft and one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

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