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A man police say was found naked in a Billings rental house on Tuesday morning appeared in court Wednesday on felony drug and burglary charges.

Prosecutors have also charged the man, 49-year-old Dale Ron Carpenter, with two misdemeanors, alleging he had burglary tools and drug paraphernalia.

According to charging documents, police arrested Carpenter after responding at about 8 a.m. Tuesday to a reported burglary in progress on the 200 block of North 20th Street.

The man who made the report told police the alleged burglar wasn’t a tenant and didn’t have permission to be at the residence.

The door to the residence was locked, but police, with permission of the property owner, climbed into the house through a window.

Once inside, officers heard a noise coming from upstairs and announced their presence, ordering those in the house to show themselves.

“A naked man appeared at the top of the stairs,” charging documents state.

The man, identified as Carpenter, came downstairs and was handcuffed by officers, who searched the house and found tools that could be used for burglary.

Officers also said they found a baggie and spoons with methamphetamine residue, a metal pipe that smelled of marijuana, syringes and other paraphernalia.

Judge Pedro R. Hernandez set Carpenter’s bond at $15,000 and scheduled his arraignment for June 30 in district court.

A prosecutor said Carpenter has a prior felony drug conviction and numerous bench warrants for not appearing in court as ordered, including 15 warrants in 2010 alone.



City news reporter for the Billings Gazette