BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MONTROSE -An 18-year-old Fort Madison man is in a Missouri jail after he was apprehended in Palmyra, Mo., for stealing a truck in La Grange and a jeep from Donnellson.
On Monday, the Lewis County, Mo., sheriff’s office received a report of a stolen truck from the Beilstein Camper Sales parking lot in La Grange, Mo. The owner of the stolen truck attempted to chase the vehicle on US Hwy. 61 but was unable to catch the suspect.
A member of the Palmyra Police Department located the stolen vehicle at a gas station in Palmyra.
Upon investigation, Christopher E. Guzman, age 18, of Fort Madison was arrested for stealing a Ford F150. The sheriff’s office also located a stolen 2014 Jeep Compass near Beilstein Camper Sales. The Jeep was stolen out of Donnellson. Stolen items from several Canton residents were located in the Jeep. There were also stolen items from the Lee County area as well. The sheriff’s office continues to investigate this matter along with the Canton Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Madison Police Department. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Palmyra Police Department assisted with this investigation.
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said more charges are expected to be filed locally possibly today stemming from an investigation by Lee County Detective Clint Wray and the Lewis County sheriff’s departments’ detectives.
According to a release, Wray conducted an interview in Missouri, in which Guzman allegedly admitted to breaking into neighbor’s home, eating some food and then taking a vehicle from the driveway and heading to Missouri where he was apprehended.
A warrant was filed to extradite Guzman back to Iowa to face charges including 3rd-degree burglary and operation without owner’s consent.
Guzman remains in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.