Sheriff's office believes area robberies may be connected

Robert Maharry
The Grundy Register

GRUNDY COUNTY- A spate of recent robberies in area communities have left residents on edge, and according to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the crimes may be the work of the same individual or group of perpetrators.


“We think they’re related, and these people are just going from town to town,” Sheriff Rick Penning said. “That’s looking similar to some of the other ones.”


Penning told The Grundy Register that there have been six reported thefts in Dike and five in Conrad, and security camera footage captured at the home of Todd and Kara Schnathorst showed two men entering their garage. Their faces, however, are obscured, and as this issue went to press, no arrests had been made.


He went on to warn residents to lock vehicles and house doors with deadbolts and added that the sheriff’s office will do vacation checks for those who are out of town.


So far, all of the robberies have occurred at night, and the perpetrators have taken money in Conrad and money and alcohol in Dike. Similar incidents have been reported in communities just outside of the county, such as Parkersburg and Gladbrook.


On Saturday night, four unlocked vehicles were entered in Reinbeck, and Penning said that cash and personal papers were stolen. It is currently unknown whether the incidents are connected to the Dike and Conrad robberies.


“We haven’t put anything together (yet), and they’re all happening at night. If people in those neighborhoods have cameras and get some footage, we’d like to see it,” Penning said.


Anyone with relevant information is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at (319) 824-6933.



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