The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office and the Sutherland Police Department have arrested four individuals for their alleged involvement in a burglary at the Cargo Express convenience store in Sutherland at approximately 4:45 a.m. on July 17. The thieves broke a window to gain entry to the store, took beer and cigarettes from the store and fled the scene. They then allegedly stole a car from a Sutherland residence and reportedly drove the car into a river at Martin Access campground northeast of Larrabee, in Cherokee County, in an attempt to dispose of the vehicle. Authorities said the suspects were camping at Martin Access. The vehicle was towed out of the river the next day.
The subjects alleged to have been involved in the burglary were Douglas Mackey and Matthew Sparks, both 17 year-olds from Cherokee, 20-year-old Trevor Schwidder of Ankeny, and 23-year-old Anthony Lucas of Sheldon.
Sparks and Mackey have each been charged with one count of 3rd degree Burglary and Mackey was also charged with one count of 2nd degree Theft for his alleged involvement in the theft of the motor vehicle. Both were released to the custody of their parents and will appear in juvenile court at a later date.
Arrest warrants were issued for Trevor Schwidder on the charges of 3rd degree Burglary and 2nd degree Theft. Schwidder was arrested on these charges in Polk County on August 26. 2010. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail on Polk County charges, and upon the completion of his court appearances on these charges, he will be returned to O'Brien County to make an appearance in O'Brien County District Court on the O'Brien County charges.
An arrest warrant was also issued for Anthony Lucas on the charge of 3rd degree Burglary. Lucas turned himself in to the O'Brien County Sheriff's Office on that charge on September 5, 2010. He was booked into the O'Brien County Jail and released on September 7, after posting bond. He will make a later appearance in O'Brien County District Court on those charges. Both charges are Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation of these crimes.