Burglars steal police officer’s gun

State Center police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two area residents Monday for allegedly breaking into a police officer’s home and stealing his gun late Saturday night.

Police arrested Ricky Dale Harms Jr., 21, Marshalltown, and Carolyn Porter, 53, for allegedly breaking into a home on the 300 block of Third Street NW in State Center late Saturday night, said State Center Police Chief Jeffery Bunn.

Harms faces charges of second-degree theft, a Class D felony, second-degree burglary, a Class C felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Porter faces possession of drug paraphernalia and is also charged with possession of stolen property, a serious misdemeanor.

Bunn said police managed to track some of the stolen property to an address on the 700 block of South Seventh Avenue throughout the course of the investigation.

The home in State Center was unoccupied at the time of the alleged break-in, Bunn said, but the involvement of a gun bumped the burglary charge up to second degree.

Harms made his initial appearance Wednesday where the judge appointed him a public defender and set his bond at $10,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is set for May 31.

Bunn said police might arrest more suspects in connection to the incident as the investigation continues. A Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.