SL men arrested on burglary charges

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Storm Lake Police arrested two men early Thursday on charges of burglarizing a vehicle.

Police took a report Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. of a burglary to a vehicle in the 600 block of Superior Street.

Police were told that on Tuesday between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. someone entered their vehicle and stole debit cards, an Iowa driver’s license and loose change.  The victim’s debit card was used following the burglary on Tuesday at Arbys and La Juanita’s.

Police reviewed security video at the two stores and interviewed employees.  Police saw a suspect on the security video and on Wednesday evening, went to his residence at 601B West 9th St. to locate him.  As police approached the apartment door, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the door.  Officers backed off and applied for a search warrant for the residence.

At 10:50 p.m. police saw two adult males exit the West 9th Street address.  Police took them into custody and identified them as Kyle Thelen, age 23, and Alan Martinez, age 18, both of Storm Lake.  Police allege that upon taking Martinez into custody, they located stolen items from the vehicle burglary in his possession.

Police executed the search warrant at 601B West 9th St. at 11:40 p.m. where they reportedly located and seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia, stolen property from the Superior Street vehicle burglary and other items believed to be stolen from other vehicles.

At 2 a.m., the SLPD conducted a consent search at a second residence at 612 East 5th St., where they seized additional stolen property from the reported burglary and items that are believed to be stolen from unreported vehicle burglaries.

Following an investigation at approximately 4 a.m. Tnursday, the SLPD charged Kyle Thelen with possession of marijuana (serious misdemeanor), gathering where controlled substances are used (serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).  He was booked into jail on a $2,300 bond.

Police charged Alan Martinez with forgery (class D felony), 2 counts of unauthorized use of a credit card (aggravated misdemeanor), burglary to a motor vehicle 3rd degree (aggravated misdemeanor), possession of a controlled substance (serious misdemeanor), gathering where controlled substances are used (serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).  He was booked into the county jail on a $13,300.00 bond.

Storm Lake Police advise that some of the property recovered is believed to have been stolen from parked motor vehicles between the 600 block of East 5th Street and the 600 block of West 9th Street.  The SLPD is asking that if anyone is missing items from their vehicles to contact the Storm Lake Police Department and file a report.

Additional charges are anticipated in the investigation.