The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 6, 2013

Federal gun charge filed against burglary suspect

By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer

— A New Ulm man who was arrested after a burglary investigation by the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Department has been charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment accuses Buck Otto White, 48, of possessing four guns, a .22-caliber rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 10-gauge shotgun and an SKS rifle with a collapsible stock.

All of the weapons were found in a Courtland storage unit that was searched as a result of the burglary investigation.

Several previous convictions in Minnesota District Courts are listed in the indictment filed this week, including convictions that took place when White was known as Timothy Joseph Hoffman. They include a 1984 burglary conviction and a 2006 methamphetamine possession conviction in Hennepin County; a 1991 burglary conviction and 1994 assault conviction in Anoka County, and a 1995 burglary conviction in Kanabec County.

The Hennepin County drug conviction resulted in a six-year prison sentence, which, including supervised release, ended in 2012.

 White also was included in a 1997 indictment that listed several people allegedly involved in a drug ring. Several storage units and apartments were searched during that investigation. That case was closed without a conviction but is listed as a companion case with the new federal charges.

A New Ulm police officer called a Nicollet County sheriff’s detective on Feb. 11 to report Otto was a suspect in several storage unity burglaries in St. Peter. That officer also told the detective a search warrant had been issued that would allow investigators to put a tracking device on White’s van.

After the device was used to link White to suspected burglaries at storage units in St. Peter, a storage unit White had in Courtland was searched Feb. 14. That’s when the guns, along with other suspected stolen items, were found.

White was arrested Feb. 16 in New Prague after eluding New Ulm police officers who were waiting for him at his house.