Trio charged in Saturday a.m. burglary

Three people suspected of committing a burglary Saturday didn’t make it far after police responded to the scene and found the suspects still in the area.

Megan S. Freeman, 22; Jason P. Sullivan, 42; and James A. Ziegler, 50; are each facing a third-degree burglary charge after allegedly breaking into a Fort Dodge home Saturday.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said officers responded to 229 J St. around 8:57 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a burglary in progress. The witness reported to police that two people were fleeing the scene in a green 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora and one person left on foot.

When officers arrived, Carmody said they found the car within a block of the crime scene. Freeman and Sullivan were inside. The third suspect, identified as Ziegler, was arrested at a home in the 200 block of I Street, which was also not far from the scene.

All three were arrested and charged with burglary.

In addition to burglary charges, Freeman and Sullivan are also facing other charges. Freeman had an oustanding failure to appear warrant on an interference with official acts charge, and Sullivan was charged with possession of prescription medication and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court documents indicate Sullivan had several pills on him that he didn’t have a prescription for.

The trio was ordered held on bond at their initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday.

Freeman’s total bond amount was set at $6,300, Sullivan was ordered held on $6,000 bond, and Ziegler $5,000.

Magistrate William Thatcher set their preliminary hearings for Nov. 27.

Carmody said the case’s quick resolution shows the importance of working together.

“It points to the value of extra eyes, cooperation and coordination between community members, the Webster County Communication Center and our staff,” he said. “We very much appreciate all this good work and encourage even more.”