Fort Dodge burglary suspect charged in second case

A man already facing charges in one burglary case has been arrested in connection with a second investigation early Monday morning.

Christopher T. Johnson, 40, of Dayton, has been charged with third-degree attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Officers responded to Keith’s Outdoors, 1408 Fifth Ave. S., at 4:44 Monday morning after an alarm went off, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody.

Officer Kelly Midtling arrived at the scene at 4:45 and discovered that plywood covering a damaged window had been pushed in. When Lt. Joe Bates and Officer Zach Stanley arrived, they found Johnson standing behind the building.

Johnson was arrested after evidence at the scene indicated he had attempted to break into the business, Carmody said.

In addition to the new charges, there was a previous warrant alleging Johnson failed to appear for an arraignment in Webster County District Associate Court.

In that case, Johnson is facing a possession of burglary tools charge for allegedly attempting to break in to the Iowa Outdoor Store on Dec. 31, 2013. Johnson was found inside a Dumpster behind the store wearing a Halloween mask.

At his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday, Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered Johnson held on $2,000 bond each for the charges of failure to appear, third-degree attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Johnson’s preliminary hearing on the new charges has been set for April 24. The failure to appear case was transferred to Webster County District Associate Court.