Ayala charged in car burglaries

A Fort Dodge man is facing several burglary charges in connection with car break-ins over the weekend.

Tyler E. Ayala, 21, of Fort Dodge, is facing three counts of third-degree burglary and one count of attempted third-degree burglary.

Officers were called to Applebee’s around 8:49 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a vehicle that had been broken into. The caller gave a description of the suspect and where he was heading, according to a statement from Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody, When officers arrived, they found Ayala walking through the Crossroads Mall parking lot.

As they investigated the initial burglary call, it was discovered that there were two more vehicles that had been broken into, and another one that bore evidence of an attempted break-in.

Carmody said “various items, including electronics and cash were taken from the vehicles,” and everything that was taken was recovered.

Ayala was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center because it appeared he was intoxicated. He was treated and released, then booked in the Webster County Jail for his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday morning.

Magistrate William Habhab allowed Ayala to be released with supervision to the Department of Adult Corrections. Habhab also sent the case to Webster County District Court, where it will be scheduled for an arraignment at a later date.