Coralville man charged with burglary

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 20, 2013 5:00 AM

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A Coralville man has been accused of breaking into Orsheln Farm & Home Supply.

Timothy Messier, 31, was charged Sept. 26 with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, and possession of burglar’s tools.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Orsheln, 655 Hollywood Boulevard.

While officers were on the scene, a second activation of the alarm was reported. Officers entered the front of the store and observed forced entry into a rear door and window, as well as a crow bar believed to be used to make the entry, and fence that had been cut open.

As officers flooded the area, they saw two males running away from the rear of the store. The pursued the males on foot. A codefendant was caught and reportedly admitted to being in the area with Messier.

Officers located Messier’s vehicle, which was parked behind the store, and the hood was still warm, indicating it had recently been driven.

A search of the vehicle was executed, and officers found bolt cutters, flashlights, wire cutters, and gloves. Messier’s wallet was still in the vehicle as well.

Possession of burglar’s tools is an aggravated misdemeanor. Third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief are Class-D felonies.

— by Megan Sanchez

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