GILBERTVILLE | A group of alleged burglars changed plans when they weren’t able to lift intended loot earlier this week.
According to authorities, Anthony Marson, 22, and accomplices wanted to steal a safe Monday from Cedar River Milling in Gilbertville. They broke out a window on the front door of the business at 6848 W. Washburn Road to gain entry after the business closed for the day.
Once inside, they discovered the safe was too heavy.
So they turned their sights on other valuables, making off with about $10 worth of candy.
Black Hawk County deputies arrested Marson, 416 15th Ave., on Thursday for third-degree burglary in the botched heist. He was also arrested for second-degree burglary and for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a more successful crime.
In that case, deputies allege Marson and others pried open a garage door Tuesday at 2115 Sixth St. with a screwdriver. From there, they were able to enter the house and take a safe, jewelry and a 12-gauge Remington shotgun.
According to investigators, Marson's shoes matched footprints found at the scene.
Marson is prohibited from handling firearms because of a 2010 marijuana conviction, court records state.
Bond was set at $40,000.
Gilbertville police assisted with the investigation.
Another man, Virgil Krudis Pyle, 45, has been arrested in the Sixth Street burglary, according to the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.
Pyle was also arrested in connection with an unrelated burglary Nov. 25 at 239 Normandy St., Waterloo, where a firearm was taken, and Waterloo police said he used a Visa card stolen from a home at 295 Kenilworth Road Nov. 7 to make more than $1,000 worth of purchases at Kwik Star convenience and other businesses.
Waterloo police arrested Pyle, 1533 Bertch Ave., on Thursday for second-degree burglary and three counts of forgery. His bond was set at $20,000.
Peter Shoultz, 26, 1117 Leavitt St., was also arrested in connection with the break-in on Kenilworth. Shoultz, who was arrested for third-degree burglary, is the grandson of the victims, according to court records.
His bond was set at $15,000.