Police charge four men in attempted burglary

Four area teens face attempted burglary charges for allegedly trying to break into a local discount store early Monday morning.

Just after 2:30 a.m., the Marshalltown Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that a burglary was in progress at the Dollar General, 408 S. Ninth St., said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

Upon arrival, the officer and deputy spotted a pickup truck leaving the scene occupied with four men. The men fled the scene, but police managed to stop the truck on the 100 block of South 10th Street.

The officer subsequently arrested Emmit Smoldt, 19, of Albion, Thaddeus Graves, 19, Christian Mason, 18, and Demetrius Logsdon, 18, all of Marshalltown, for attempted burglary, a Class D felony.

Although the witness claims the men were trying to break down the door, none of the suspects managed to enter the store, Hanken said. There was no damage to the store. Hanken said he does not anticipate any more charges against the men.

All four of the men made their initial appearances Monday. Graves and Logsdon were released under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Graves was awaiting a pretrial conference for a prior burglary charge, according to online court records. The judge released Smoldt, who according to records has no criminal history, on his own recognizance.