WORTHINGTON — Three have been arrested and face charges related to a string of burglaries allegedly committed within a two-state area that involve the theft of firearms and thousands of dollars.
Coal Mayer, 20, and Sebastian Baker, 22, both of Round Lake, and Jason Meyer, 22, of Worthington have been charged in the connection of burglaries within Nobles and Cottonwood counties and Dickinson and Osceola counties in northwest Iowa.
Mayer admitted in an interview with law enforcement to at least five burglaries at AmeriGas in Worthington, Cemstone in Windom, Cohrs Construction Inc. in Spirit Lake, Iowa and Milford Electric in Milford, Iowa. The burglaries, he said, were committed along with Baker, Meyer and another individual that isn't named in the complaint.
The trio routinely took safes from the businesses. The one taken from AmeriGas was emptied and dumped in a Jackson County creek, Mayer confessed.
During a search of Mayer and Baker's residence, authorities discovered a Ruger LCP .380 that matched the serial number from a gun stored inside a safe and stolen from Cohrs Construction Inc., Raven .25 caliber handgun, ammunition, more than $3,000 and a Yamaha ATV.
The arrests stemmed from surveillance images shared on the Dickinson County, Iowa Facebook page. Two men appear on the camera outside a commercial business. A Worthington police officer positively identified one of the suspects as Mayer and he later confessed to the other burglaries.
The following charges and bail amounts have been filed:
Mayer: Two counts of bringing stolen goods into state, two counts of receiving stolen property, third-degree burglary and unlawfully possessing a firearm/ammunition, all felonies. Conditional release, $200,000; unconditional release, $400,000.
Baker: Two counts of bringing stolen goods into state and two counts of felony receiving stolen property, all felonies. Conditional release, $50,000; unconditional release, $100,000.
Meyer: Third-degree burglary and two counts of bringing stolen goods into state, all felonies. Conditional release, $100,000; unconditional release, $250,000.
Baker's mugshot was not immediately available.