Two Burlington men have been arrested and police are looking for a third man in connection with a series of residential burglaries last month on O'Connell Beach Road.
Patrick Sanders, 26, 509 S. Central Ave., and Michael Jagerson Jr., 23, 1407 S. Seventh St., are each being held in the Des Moines County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash-only bonds on five counts of third-degree burglary, a class D felony.
Each man faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.
A felony warrant has been issued for a third Burlington man on similar charges, according to documents filed Thursday in Des Moines County District Court. His name will not be released until he is arrested on the felony warrant.
Investigators from the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office used fingerprints and shoe prints to tie the three men to a series of residential burglaries Dec. 6 in which weapons, televisions, computers, video games and tools were among items taken from at least five homes.
In one burglary, 11 firearms were stolen, including several shotguns, rifles and handguns.
The dollar amount of the stolen property was not released. However, authorities said it appeared to be several thousands of dollars.
In most instances, the thieves either opened unlocked windows or broke out locked windows to gain entry into the residences.
All three men have prior felony convictions, court records state.
Sanders was convicted of second-degree theft in Henry County in 2011. Jagerson was convicted of third-degree burglary in Des Moines County in 2013. The third man was convicted of possession with intent to deliver marijuana in Des Moines County in 2016.
Jagerson, who also has felony drug charges pending, was arrested Tuesday near North Sixth and Market streets. Sanders was taken into custody Wednesday at his residence.
Des Moines County Associate District Judge Jennifer Bailey ordered the two men to next appear in court Jan. 19. She appointed the Des Moines County Public Defender's Office to represent them.
According to court records, sheriff's detectives began investigating the case after a resident notified them about 10 a.m. Dec. 6, his residence in the 100 block of O'Connell Beach Road had been burglarized.
Detectives later identified four additional home burglaries along O'Connell Beach Road.
In each case, investigators discovered "the same two tread patterns" on shoe prints taken from all five residences.
Detectives also discovered three sets of fingerprints on a new 55-inch flat screen television the resident had mounted to the wall above a fireplace three days before the break-in. The thieves were unable to remove that television from its mountings, but left several fingerprints on the television.
Investigators sent the television to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to process the fingerprints.
"The DCI lab located several fingerprints and palm prints on the television and determined the prints belonged to the (three suspects)," court records state.
Following the DCI report, arrest warrants were issued for the three men.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrest warrants could be issued, officials said.
Authorities in Iowa and Illinois are investigating possible connections between the Dec. 6 burglaries on O'Connell Bead Road and a string of New Year's Eve cabin break-ins in Henderson County, Illinois. No arrests have been made in the Dec. 31 incidents.