A Fort Dodge man, accused of breaking into three cars late Tuesday night, may have targeted more victims before his arrest.
Jonathan R.T. Ramirez, 21, of Fort Dodge, is facing multiple charges after an alleged burglary spree late Tuesday night.
Officers were called to the 1400 block of 14th Avenue North at 11:49 p.m. after a suspicious man was seen in the area trying to break into a vehicle, according to Police Chief Tim Carmody.
When they arrived, officers discovered three vehicles had been burglarized. A witness described the man as white and wearing dark pants with a hooded sweatshirt.
About five blocks away, in the 1600 block of 11th Avenue North, Officer Matt Webb found a man matching the suspect's description sitting in a pickup truck, Carmody said. That suspect was identified as Ramirez.
Evidence and witness statements led to Ramirez's arrest in connection with the burglaries.
He was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, one count of attempted third-degree burglary, three counts of fifth-degree theft and one count of possession of a burglary tool.
Ramirez made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning. Magistrate William Habhab allowed Ramirez to be released from jail, but ordered him to sign up for pretrial supervision with the Department of Adult Corrections.
The case was sent to District Court.
Carmody praised the efforts of both the witnesses and officers for leading to a quick arrest.
"Because of the suspicious behavior, the witness took the time to note the description of the suspect and call 911 immediately," he said. "The second key to solving these cases so quickly is the good work of Officer Webb. His use of good investigative technique and alert attention to detail helped him locate the suspect within minutes of the incident."
Investigators believe there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
Carmody said anybody who believes they were victimized, or anyone who may have more information on the burglaries, is asked to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444.