Two face more charges in burglary investigation

Less than a week after two women were charged with an attempted burglary, they are now accused of committing an earlier burglary at the same home.

Amanda Cullum, 30, and Megan Freeman, 23, both of Fort Dodge, are each facing charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and first-degree theft.

It’s alleged that both women broke into 714 15th Ave. N. on April 5 and stole property that was worth more than $10,000. The pair also allegedly caused $1,000 worth of damage in the home.

The home’s owner, Tom Shelly, discovered the burglary the following day. He said his home was broken into while he was out of town.

Cullum and Freeman were arrested on April 7 after officers were called to Shelly’s home for a report of a burglary in progress. Both were charged with attempted burglary in that case.

In addition to the new charges, Cullum also had a warrant alleging she violated her parole.

At their initial appearances in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday, Magistrate William Thatcher ordered Cullum held on $25,000 bond and set Freeman’s bond at $20,000. Both had their preliminary hearings set for April 17.

A third suspect in the burglary, George Johnson, 31, is being sought by the Fort Dodge Police Department. Warrants for third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and first-degree theft have been issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information on Johnson is asked to call the FDPD at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444.