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Two area businesses robbed in two weeks

Two burglaries were reported in Marengo in a two week period and suspects were apprehended in both cases.

According to the Marengo Police Department report, the Marengo American Legion Hall, 1240 Lafayette Ave., was broken into in the early morning of Friday, April 1. The burglary was reported at approximately 9 a.m.

The burglars broke into the main entrance on the west side of the building, and broke through a second door inside. The burglars took several bottles of liquor, candy, chips, Red Bull, $5 in change, brown bags and shot glasses.

Marengo Police Chief Galen Moser said there was a suspect in the case and upon further investigation, two people were charged in the case.

Cody James Atkinson, 18, Williamsburg, and Samuel Quinn Hamilton, 18, Belle Plaine, were both charged with third-degree burglary in connection with the burglary.

CAROLE’S BURGLARY

A second Marengo burglary was reported Tuesday, April 13, at the downtown business Carole’s, 128 E. Washington St., owned by Jerry Denzler.

According to the police report, local law enforcement officials were notified by the private alarm company at approximately 4:05 a.m. of a break in at the Carole’s. Blunt force had been used to gain entry to a back door of the building. Numerous handguns and long rifles were taken from the store.

A vehicle was seen leaving the area and was shortly thereafter stopped on the 300 block of W. Hilton Street.

Iowa County Sheriff’s deputies and Williamsburg Police officers assisted in the stop.

Lawrence Robert Fritz, 19, Cedar Rapids, and Robert Charles Fritz, 51, Marengo, were arrested in connection with the burglary. Lawrence Fritz was charged with third-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance — marijuana. Robert Fritz was charged with third-degree burglary.

All items taken from the store were recovered, though some items were damaged during the theft attempt.

UPDATED April 21, 2010 11:56 AM

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