Specifically, the Marshalltown Police Department recently arrested three juveniles in connection with burglaries at the city's compost facility in 2014, 2015 and earlier this year.
On May 8, the MPD with assistance from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, began an investigation into the burglaries of the compost facility office and buildings used by the Marshalltown Sewer Department at 901 Woodland St. Several city vehicles were driven and damaged as well as city and personal property stolen.
On May 11, the MPD sent a media release asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects.
A Crime Stoppers tip in mid-May provided a lead. On May 26, detectives and MPD's Crime Scene Tech, with the assistance of the Mid Iowa Drug Task Force and MCSO, executed search warrants at residences in Marshalltown and Rhodes where stolen property was recovered.
During the execution of search warrants, one of the juvenile suspects was located and taken into custody. The juvenile was transported to the MPD with a parent for an interview with a detective. During the session, it was learned that this juvenile was responsible for two other burglaries to the compost facility - one in 2014 and another in 2015.
Afterwards, the juvenile was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Eldora.
As the investigation continued, the identity of the two remaining suspects were revealed. On June 29, a second juvenile was arrested and charged for his part in the May 8 burglary.
Earlier this week, the third suspect and his parents came to the MPD to be interviewed by the investigating detective. On Wednesday, this juvenile was arrested and charged for his participation in a March 2015 incident.
All three juveniles were charged with third-degree burglary 3rd Degree, second-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief. The case is now being handled by the Marshall County Attorney's Office and Juvenile Court Services.
The names and ages of the juveniles are being withheld as per Iowa law.