Burglary suspect nabbed after pawning jewels in SL

Store clerk calls police, ‘broke case wide-open’

Lytton man recently sprung from prison

Robert Fry, 50, of Lytton, was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with a series of burglaries at Storm Lake apartment complexes from Oct. 26 through Nov. 4.

Police took reports of residential burglaries or attempted burglaries at seven different locations in Storm Lake, mainly near Chautauqua Park.

In several incidents, a white male driving a dark sedan was reported in the area and in one case, was seen inside a victim’s apartment.

During his final caper on Tuesday, a retired woman interrupted the suspect in her apartment while a burglary was in progress. He fled the scene. Police worked “every street and alley” trying to find that car, Chief Mark Prosser said.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5 Storm Lake police were notified by an alert employee at a Storm Lake jewelry store that some of the stolen jewelry may have been pawned at their establishment. Fry was required to provide an ID when attempting to pawn merchandise.

“That broke the case wide-open,” Prosser said.

Police identified the pawned items as stolen property and were able to identify a suspect from that transaction as Fry.

An investigation determined that Fry has a lengthy criminal history in Illinois and Iowa. He served time in prison in both states. In 2012, his parole was revoked in Iowa and he returned to prison. Authorities aid he was recently released from prison and was working at a Storm Lake manufacturing plant. Police said he also had access to and drove a vehicle that matched the suspect vehicle’s description.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Storm Lake police officers and Sac County deputies executed a search warrant at 513 Main St. in Lytton, Fry’s residence.

Police located and seized during the search possible burglary tools, jewelry and clothing.

Fry was at the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

On Tuesday police returned Fry to Storm Lake where he was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, four counts of burglary in the third degree, one count of burglary in the second degree and two counts of attempted burglary.

Fry was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on $59,000 bond.

The investigation continues.