The Webster City Police Department has been investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred during the past several months. According to Chief Brian Hughes, these burglaries have only involved vacant commercial and residential properties and the perpetrators are stealing copper pipes and wiring from the home. Hughes said scrap metal is selling at a premium price which has increased thefts of this nature all across the state of Iowa.
The investigation has produced two suspects, but it still needs further information to make an arrest. The Hamilton County Crimestoppers organization is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible. The reward money was donated by the Webster City Multiple Listing Service and the city of Webster City.
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers by phone 832-8437; email (hcstopcrime.com) or texting "Crimes" to 274637 Keyword "IA40."
- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship
Members of the Webster City Multiple Listing Service donated $500 to Crimestoppers to help with a reward for information concerning a series of recent burglaries. Presenting the donation to Police Chief Brian Hughes are Jim Fortune of Jim Fortune Realty, Carol Wells of J/C Wells Real Estate, Lisa Davis of Neighborhood Realty and Jo Abens of Abens Realty.
All tipsters will remain anonymous and the reward money is paid in cash, Hughes said.