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EPD investigates multiple burglaries

By Staff | May 7, 2008

The Estherville Police Department has investigated a rash of burglaries in various areas of of the city which began in mid-April.

To date, multiple arrests have been made.

According to Estherville Police Captain Brent Shatto, the department was contacted on April 17 by the owner of Bud’s Cafe who reported a burglary at the restaurant.

Police determined the suspect was an employee of the establishment. It was determined the suspect had either used a key or left a door unlocked in order to enter his place of employment after hours and had removed money from inside the store.

On April 29, police arrested Steven Ross Johnson, 27, of Estherville and formerly of Des Moines on April 29 for third degree burglary for the incident at Bud’s. The suspect was placed in the Emmet County Jail with a bond of $9,750 cash or surety on the Class D felony. He remains in the Emmet County Jail.

A Class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of at least $750 but not to exceed $7,500.

On April 27, police were dispatched at 2:51 a.m. to 202 S. 13th St., apartment 4, in regard to a male subject who was in the apartment and would not leave.

Upon the officer’s arrival, the complainant advised them the suspect had entered her apartment without permission, had assaulted her and refused to leave. The complainant did not know the suspect. Officers took the suspect into custody and transported him to the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

Shatto said suspect David Sanchez, 23, of Estherville, was placed in the county jail on second degree burglary charges. Burglary in the second degree is a Class C felony and is punishable by a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine from $1,000 but not to exceed $10,000.

Sanchez remains in jail on a bond of $9,750 cash as well as a detainer placed on him by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Yet another burglary investigation was conducted this week by the EPD.

Shatto said on May 5 at 4:15 a.m., an employee from McDonald’s contacted the law enforcement center to report the store had been broken into. Officers were on the scene of the burglary and in the area of the burglary until 9:30 a.m.

The captain said the investigation continued throughout the day culminating at 11:30 p.m. During that time, officers were able to identify three suspects in the crime and brought them to the law enforcement center for questioning. Three male juveniles, all 16 years of age, were charged in the burglary.

The juveniles, all of Estherville, were charged with third degree burglary.

Two of the suspects were transported to the YES Center in Cherokee with the third being released to the custody of his parents.

“I would like to take this time to remind citizens and business owners to be diligent in protecting their property,” Shatto said.

“Due to the recent nice weather, we are experiencing a high volume of calls to the police department in regard to thefts, burglaries and criminal mischief complaints. Please protect your property and belongings by securing them when you are not around and use other security measures to protect yourself such as camera systems and intrusion alarms.”