WPD arrests three men following vehicle break-in


Waterloo police are asking the community to check their vehicles, especially those in the north end of town, after three teens were arrested early Thursday morning in connection with a vehicle break-in.

“We know of one vehicle entered, but there could’ve been more,” Waterloo Police Chief Jim Trantham said.

Around 1:20 a.m. Thursday, someone called police to report three suspicious men near a 2007 Hummer in the area of 1417 Jamie Lane before driving off. Police eventually caught up to the suspect vehicle, and items reported missing from the Hummer were found inside.

An 18-year-old man from Dupo is being charged with burglary, while two other 18-year-old men are being charged with theft, Trantham said. One of those being charged had metal knuckles and drug paraphernalia in his possession, resulting in additional charges.

The names of suspects in this case are being withheld at this time, Trantham said. The burglary suspect remains in custody at the Monroe County Jail, where Columbia police interviewed him for a possible link to recent car break-ins that occurred over the holidays.

Anyone who wishes to report suspicious activity relating to the break-ins is asked to call Waterloo police at 939-3377.

UPDATE: Since this news was posted late Thursday morning, at least four other vehicle break-in reports have been called in to police, one of which was in the area of 140 Sterritt Run. It has not yet been made known if these are related to the Jamie Lane incident.

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