An SUV reported stolen from an Oelwein home Sept. 2 contributed to police later in the day finding “a large amount of stolen property” stashed at the city campground, according to court documents.
On Tuesday, Oelwein Police announced three arrests linked to local burglaries. Two people from Cedar Rapids and one from Pennsylvania were charged with multiple counts in Fayette County District Court.
More charges are anticipated in other jurisdictions, according to a news release from Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan.
According to court documents, Oelwein received a report at 9:14 a.m. about a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse missing from a home in the 400 block of South Frederick. At about 12:45 p.m., officers arrested McGuire, 32, who was in possession of the Traverse. The criminal complaint says McGuire is homeless and a large amount of stolen property was found at the Oelwein City Campground, including meat that was in a deep freezer in the garage of the South Frederick home.
According to Logan, after officers on patrol near the South Frederick home on Sept. 2 “observed a suspicious vehicle and behavior from an individual,” officers questioned individuals and obtained search warrants that led to the discovery of “a large amount of stolen tools, clothing, wire and various other items.”
“Those items have been connected to local burglaries as well as several burglaries in surrounding communities and counties,” he said.
Oelwein is working with other agencies to resolve possibly linked burglaries in their areas.
McGuire, who police identified as being from Cedar Rapids, is charged with third-degree burglary (a class D felony), operating without a vehicle owner’s consent (aggravated misdemeanor, and driving while license barred (simple misdemeanor).
Oelwein Police also arrested and charged Anthony Dean Nelson, 46, of Cedar Rapids, with third-degree theft (aggravated misdemeanor), interference with official acts (aggravated misdemeanor), trespass (simple misdemeanor), and carrying weapons — a knife over 5 inches (aggravated misdemeanor). He was also arrested on a warrant from Linn County with a $50,000 bond for driving while license barred eluding.
Jamie Leigh Fye, 22, of Kennett, Pennsylvania, is accused of driving the Traverse knowing it was stolen. He’s been charged with the serious misdemeanors of possession controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
This investigation continues and more charges are pending, Logan said.