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Hampton church robber, “meth manufacturer” on the run from Beje for months finally caught

MASON CITY – A man who escaped months ago from Beje Clark Residential Facility in Mason City and who allegedly robbed at least 4 churches in Hampton has been captured.

According to an Iowa Department of Corrections official, Jeremy Nicholas Mulford, 32, originally from the Hampton area, escaped from Beje Clark on October 14th.  He was incarcerated there for two counts of Prohibited Acts, from Polk and Franklin counties.

Mulford was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail Monday morning at 8:11 AM. He is being held for $5,000 bond.

Mulford is a convicted felon and has been charged with numerous crimes including the manufacture of methamphetamine.  He was also charged with trespassing in Mason City this past June, a charge to which Mulford plead guilty.  He still owes the courts $566.60 in that case.

In addition, Mulford is facing an array of charges from a series of alleged incidents in Hampton beginning in November of 2012 and culminating in his arrest there on Christmas Eve.

According to records, Mulford faces one count of second degree burglary, (a class C felony) and five counts of 3rd degree burglary (class D felonies). Mulford also faces an aggravated misdemenor charge of interference with official acts causing bodily injury when he was arrested.

According to Hamtpon Police Chief Robert Schaefer, an officer spotted Mulford walking down a sidewalk on December 24th, 2012.  As the officer approached, Mulford fled and “the chase was on.”  Mulford was apprehended, and in the course of the chase, a Hampton police officer injured an ankle, leading to the bodily injury charge.

Chief Schaefer said that Mulford allegedly burglarized six Hampton businesses: PJ’s Barber Shop; Franklin County Conservation Building; First Christian Church; Church of the Living Word; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church; and Church of Christ.

Mulford faces an arraignment hearing in Franklin County District Court on January 15th. 

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I run a facility that this idiot decided to rob. His actions caused serious disruption on our effectiveness on operating for the good of the public. His plea of not guilty is upsetting. It would be a good idea to release him to the general public, let us decide and take action on his punishment! Good Luck Fool!

I want to say for those who believe in jesus are really stupid

@Jesus=what the HELL kind of thing is that to say. If you don’t believe that is your business and that in itself doesn’t make you STUPID. When you make comments like that you ARE STUPID.

What an idiot! It really pisses Jesus off when you steal from churches.

Well one did escape and commit to armed robberies in the cities last year. Willie York is for an undisclosed reason being housed in the county jail on a Beje Clark hold, after escaping there 3 other times. I bet if Matt did some digging he would find out he escapped a 4th time. Why is somebody doing a 15 year stint in Beje after shooting into an occupied home anyhow?

LVS I don’t know how Beje is funded? Or where the money goes that there suppose to be making. But if they are not under some sort of supervision they should not be out in the first place. Every time I look at the mug shots some are on hold for Beje. So the taxpayers are in someway footing the bill to bring them back. These are not petty theft convicts.

@Bobby-all they do is get a work release, go to work and don’t come back. The answer in my opinion is lock them up and don’t let them out until their sentence is completed. It is pretty obvious they can not be trusted.

It is way to easy for convicts to get out of Beje. This puts the whole comunity at risk. Maybe the courts need to beef up there security there before someone gets killed.

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