Men charged in courthouse break-in suspected in Polk Co.

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities suspect that two cybersecurity workers charged with breaking into an Iowa courthouse were also responsible for a late-night entry into the courthouse in Des Moines.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that based on surveillance footage, investigators believe 43-year-old Gary Demercurio, of Seattle, and 29-year-old Justin Wynn, of Naples, Florida, entered the Polk County Courthouse the night of Sept. 9. The men were charged with burglary after being found early on Sept. 11 in the Dallas County Courthouse, about 25 miles west in Adel.

The men told Dallas County deputies they worked for the cybersecurity firm Coalfire and had been hired to test the courthouse alarm system. The state court administration acknowledged hiring the firm but only to test the security of electronic access to court records.

Polk County investigators say a small electronic device baring the Coalfire logo was found in the Polk County Courthouse.