Vehicle burglaries lead to arrest of suspect

Owens charged in incidents near Duncombe school

A suspect has been arrested after multiple early morning burglaries were reported in Fort Dodge, but investigators say more arrests are possible.

The Webster County Telecommunications Center began receiving phone calls on the evening of Jan. 2 into the morning of Jan. 3 reporting that their vehicles and garages had been broken into, Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said.

When officers arrived, they learned that suspects had been caught on video going through the vehicles and garages.

Officers searched the area and located Shone D. Owens Jr., 20, of Fort Dodge, charging him with two counts of third-degree burglary.

Owens made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Friday, where he was ordered held on $2,000 cash-only bond on each charge.

No-contact orders were also issued between Owens and the people he’s accused of burglarizing.

Preliminary hearings were set for this Friday.

While an arrest has been made, Gruenberg said the investigations are ongoing.

Specifically, investigators are looking for anyone who may have surveillance video and lives in the area of the burglaries.

Gruenberg said the burglaries have been reported all around Fort Dodge, but most of them are in the area of Duncombe Elementary School, 615 N. 16th St.

Anyone that may have information or that has video that may show any suspects is asked to call Fort Dodge Police Detective Evan Thompson at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.