Woman accused of breaking into laundry, change machines

A woman from Marshalltown has been charged after a month-long investigation into burglaries of coin-operated machines in Fort Dodge.

Sandra Sweet, 37, has been charged with two counts of third-degree burglary; one count of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense; one count of fourth-degree theft; one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief; one count of fifth-degree theft; one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Since early September, Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said officers have been investigating a series of break-ins of coin-operated machines in Fort Dodge. They have included laundry and change machines and Gruenberg said the machines received significant damage during the burglaries.

On Wednesday, Fort Dodge Police, with the help of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant in Fort Dodge in connection to a burglary case in Hamilton County.

Gruenberg said Sweet was identified as a suspect in the coin-operated machine burglaries.

Sweet made an initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Thursday morning, but it was only on the possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Iowa Courts Online records did not list the burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges, and it’s unclear if she appeared at a later time Thursday or not.

Her preliminary hearing on the controlled substance charge was set for Oct. 12.

Gruenberg said Sweet is the second suspect arrested in connection with the case. Kayla Reynolds, 31, of Fort Dodge, was arrested on Sept. 27 on a third-degree burglary charge in connection with the case.

Her case has been sent to Webster County District Court, where an arraignment will be scheduled for a later date.