WEST LIBERTY — Police have a suspect in custody for the break-in at the Crystal Corner Car Wash, 322 E. 3rd St.
A West Liberty Police officer was three blocks away when they were dispatched to the car wash at 5:22 a.m. Friday.
The officer found a door that was pried open and 54-year-old Richard Ray Webb, of East Moline, was inside.
Police Chief Kary Kinmonth said it was later discovered that the white 2009 Chevy Silverado found near the scene with a Silvis license plate was stolen.
“We had our suspicions initially and then it literally just took a while for the person to get back to us,” Kinmonth said. “We actually basically told them over the phone that their truck was gone.”
Kinmonth said the vehicle's owner parked the Chevy around 10 p.m. He said it was probably stolen around 3 a.m. The department is still looking for any evidence of similar incidents that might be associated with the 5:22 a.m. break-in at the Crystal Corner Car Wash.
The suspect was not armed and was charged with felony burglary in the 3rd degree. This is a catch all provision, meaning that it covers all burglaries not covered by the first and second degrees. This Class D crime is punishable by five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500.
He was also charged with felony criminal mischief in 2nd degree, defined by Iowa Code as intentionally damaging, defacing, altering or destroying tangible property without the authority to do so. Charges depend on the cost of the damage. The 2nd degree designates that the value of replacing the damaged property is between $1,000 and $10,000. This Class D felony carries the potential sentence of up to five years in prison and fines from $750 to $7,500.
The suspect was also charged with possession of burglary tools.
West Liberty police were assisted at the scene by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department.
“The whole thing is kind of interesting,” Kinmonth said. “What made West Liberty a target? Who knows.”