Police arrest alleged burglar, accomplice remains at large

Police are still looking for a burglar who evaded officers last week.

Marshalltown Police Department officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress just before 3 a.m. Jan. 11 at TIG Distributing, 610 S. 12th Ave., said Capt. Brian Batterson, with the MPD.

Batterson said two suspects were cutting and removing scrap metal from the building to sell.

With the aid of the MPD’s K-9 unit and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies, officers managed to apprehend one suspect, but the other culprit evaded capture.

Police arrested Todd Fisher, 42, of Marshalltown, and charged him with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and possession of burglar’s tools – a flashlight, cutting wheel and gloves – an aggravated misdemeanor.

Fisher has an extensive criminal record, including numerous drug offenses and another burglary charge, according to online court records. He was on probation at the time of his arrest.

He made an initial appearance and posted his $2,000 bond Wednesday.

Metal thefts, which often take place in abandoned or vacant buildings, are a growing problem, Batterson said. Luckily, TIG had a security system in place, and it worked.

A law passed last year requires sellers to provide scrap metal dealers with their name, address, government-issued photo ID and place of business. The law requires scrap metal dealers to keep a log of transactions.

Batterson asked the public to remain vigilant and report any potential scrap metal thefts in their area.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the identity of the suspect should contact Capt. Mike Hanken or Lt. Ryan Goecke, with the MPD, at 641-754-5758.