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Police file more charges on alleged burglar

December 18, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Police have filed more charges on a man arrested for burglary Saturday.

Roby Meyer, 26, of Cedar Rapids, now faces counts of possession of burglar's tools, an aggravated misdemeanor, and ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony.

Meyer, along with alleged accomplice Ashley Carrillo, 31, of Marshalltown, already faces a charge of third-degree burglary and credit card fraud, an aggravated misdemeanor. Prior convictions enhanced Meyer's burglary charge from an aggravated misdemeanor to a Class D felony. Carrillo's burglary charge remained an aggravated misdemeanor.

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This vehicle window was shattered as part of a break-in in the parking lot of Marshalltown Community College Thursday. Marshalltown Police have arrested those involved in a rash of break-ins.

The two incurred the charges for allegedly breaking into six cars - including three at Marshalltown Community College, another on Campbell Drive, one at Grandview Heights Nursing Home, 910 E. Olive St., and one at Marshall Town Center - in less than 12 hours Dec. 13, said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

During the alleged crime spree, the two stole purses, credit cards, check books, birth certificates, social security cards and a GPS from the cars, Hanken said.

When police executed a search warrant on the couple's car, they allegedly recovered much of the stolen property.

Police caught wind of the couple's activity Saturday afternoon when they allegedly used a stolen credit card at Taco John's. They charged Meyer with possession of burglary tools when they allegedly recovered the hammer used to smash the car windows, Hanken said.

Hanken said the MPD is working with the Cedar Rapids police, who are also investigating Meyer for similar charges. More charges may be forthcoming, he added.

Meyer made his initial appearance Monday on the new charges. He is being held on $25,000 cash only bond. His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 26. A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.



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