Cherokee pair arrested for string of burglaries, including in Storm Lake

Police arrested two Cherokee residents in Royal Sunday involving a string of burglaries in more than 10 northwest Iowa counties.

 At 4:30 a.m. Sunday, a Clay County Deputy witnessed Shawn Edward Boger, 25, and Misty Lynn Smith, 37, attempting to burglarize a car near Haggy’s bar in Royal, Ia.

Both were arrested for attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Boger was arrested in 2009 for a string of car thefts and was subsequently sent to prison in 2013 for attempting to escape a residential treatment facility in Sheldon.

Boger’s 1998 Ford pick-up truck, cell phones and residences in Cherokee and Storm Lake were searched and multiple pieces of property were located and seized.

The items are believed to be related to multiple bar burglaries in Iowa and Minnesota.

“Our deputies were specifically watching bars in Clay County because of the high numbers of burglaries in the surrounding areas,” said Chief Deputy Brad Hawley.   

Both were held in the Clay County Jail on $2,000 bond.

This investigation is continuing and additional arrests and seizures are expected.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office with subsequent assistance provided by the Clay County Attorney’s Office, the Buena Vista, Cherokee and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices, the Cherokee and Storm Lake Police Departments.