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Collins man arrested for rural Story County burglaries

A Collins man was arrested following an investigation into several burglaries that took place in southeastern Story County during the past seven months.

Jacob Robert Clair, 34, of Collins, was arrested for one count of ongoing criminal conduct (Class B felony), one count of theft, first degree (Class C felony), one count of theft, third degree (aggravated misdemeanor), six counts of burglary, third degree (Class D felony) and various drug and weapons charges, according to the Story County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The burglaries took place in the rural Collins and Maxwell areas in the southeastern part of Story County. According to online court records, the burglaries took place between May and October. Stolen items include jewelry, precious metals, coins and firearms. Captain Barry Thomas of the Sheriff’s Office said he does not have an estimated cost of the stolen property.

“Because he was targeting jewelry, precious metals, c0ins and firearms, it would be pretty extensive considering the amount of stuff taken and the value of it,” Thomas said.

The Sheriff’s Office developed a list of suspects following the burglaries, and Clair’s name “came to light as one of the top suspects,” Thomas said.

A search warrant executed by the Sheriff’s Office and Central Iowa Drug Task Force resulted in the discovery of several items that had been stolen in Story County, as well as items believed to have been stolen from Marshall County. Clair was first arrested by Marshall County and then by Story County on an arrest warrant, Thomas said.

The Story County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the burglaries alongside the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Central Iowa Drug Task Force. Thomas said they are looking into whether or not Clair acted alone or if there were other individuals involved in the burglaries. At this point, he said they do not have enough evidence to charge anyone else.

Anyone who has information regarding the case or who has had similar items stolen are encouraged to contact the Story County Sheriff’s Office at 515-382-6566, or local law enforcement.

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