Police arrest local man for burglary

A Marshalltown man faces burglary and trespassing charges for allegedly breaking into the home where he used to live.

Police arrested Scott Swartz, 37, Thursday night and charged him with two counts of trespassing, simple misdemeanors, and second-degree burglary, a Class C felony.

Capt. Brian Batterson, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said Swartz entered his former residence on the 900 block of West State Street Nov. 29 and attempted to steal some clothes from the closet there. The new tenants caught Swartz in the act, and he fled the scene.

Less than 24 hours later, police arrested and jailed Swartz for a seemingly unrelated incident where he allegedly entered a car unlawfully on the 1000 block of South Third Avenue.

Batterson said the owner of the car and the residents at the State Street address have no apparent relationship to Swartz.

Swartz made his initial appearance Friday morning. The court appointed a public defender and set his bond at $10,000 cash only. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Jan. 14.

A Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.