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Stolen beer, vehicle cases solved

SHELDON, Iowa -- The people allegedly responsible for some missing kegs and a string of vehicle burglaries have been charged in O'Brien County, Iowa, in two separate cases, according to the Sheldon Police Department.

Two men were apparently quite thirsty the morning after Thanksgiving when they allegedly stole four 16-gallon kegs of beer from an Anheuser Busch truck.

Daniel Ohrt, 20, of Sanborn, Iowa, and Jordan Clark, 19, of Sibley, Iowa, have each been charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree theft and unlawful possession of alcohol for persons under age.

On Nov. 27 at approximately 4:25 a.m., the Sheldon Police Department received a report of burglary from the driver of the Busch truck, which was parked on the southbound ramp of Iowa 60 near U.S. 18 while the driver was sleeping. While he slumbered, suspects stole the kegs of beer and left the scene.

According to information released by the Sheldon Police Department, the value of the kegs and beer is estimated at $620, but none of the stolen property has been recovered.

"They broke the seal on the back of the truck," said Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema, adding that the offenders disposed of the empty kegs and had plans to go look for them.

The burglary and theft charges are aggravated misdemeanors, punishable by imprisonment not to exceed two years and a fine not to exceed $6,250. The under legal age charge is punishable by a fine of $330.

An investigation into several vehicular burglaries that occurred in Sheldon during the months of October and November has resulted in criminal charges against four Sheldon teens.

According to information from the department, Ethan Movick, 18, was charged with three counts of third-degree attempted burglary, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. He was arrested last week and transported to the O'Brien County Jail, where he was later released after posting a $200 bond.

Jeremy Sheriff, 16, was referred to juvenile court on charges of obstruction of justice, third-degree attempted burglary, and aiding and abetting third-degree burglary.

Jacob Megason, 17, was referred to juvenile court on charges of obstruction of justice, third-degree burglary and fifth-degree theft.

Jason Doeden, 16, was also referred to juvenile court with three counts of third-degree burglary, 20 counts of attempted burglary, obstruction of justice and one count of fifth-degree theft for unlawfully possessing stolen property.

The investigation is still ongoing, and additional arrests are possible.