A pair of local citizens detained two burglary suspects Tuesday morning, preventing them from stealing copper wiring from a farm house.
The two farmers were headed into the field near 2483 Oaks Ave. just after 8:30 a.m. when they interrupted three men and chased them in their vehicle, said Marshall County Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg. The suspects ditched the car and fled on foot near the eastbound ramp for Highway 30.
The witnesses prevented Patrick Bracy, 25, and Raymond Shogren, 30, from escaping. Both men are from Marshalltown. Sheriff's deputies charged the men with criminal trespass, a simple misdemeanor, and third-degree burglary, a Class D felony.
"This is kind of a typical thing," Tecklenburg said. "They will try to steal the wiring from the house so they can take the copper, strip it and sell it."
A third suspect managed to escape in an old, mid-sized station wagon with wood grain paneling on the sides. Witnesses describe the car as green and light tan or cream colored, Tecklenburg said. No further details were available regarding the identity of the missing suspect, but Tecklenburg said deputies have a good idea who it could be. However, the investigation will continue.
The sheriff's office arrested Bracy April 19 for third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor, for stealing copper wiring, according to online court records. Shogren also has previous theft charges.
Shogren made his initial appearance Thursday where the court appointed a public defender and held him on $5,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is set for May 28.
Bracy is being held on bond pending his initial appearance.
No one was hurt during the incident, Tecklenburg said, and although the sheriff's office does not encourage citizens to engage potential criminals, the men provided police with valuable information about the situation.
"It was just good citizen involvement," Tecklenburg said. "Obviously, we don't want anyone to put themselves in danger. We want them to see and listen and watch and be the best witness they can be ... but everything worked out."
Anyone with information about the third suspect or his car should call the Marshall County Sheriff's Office at 641-753-6380 or the communications center at 641-754-5725.