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Mason City man to spend ten years in prison, pay nearly $18K in restitution for crime spree

This news story was published on March 8, 2014.
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MASON CITY – A Mason City man who went on a crime spree last fall was sentenced to ten years in prison last week.

Zachary James Kantaris, age 21, received ten years in prison and must pay nearly $18,000 in restitution for pleading guilty to a charge of first degree criminal mischief.

Charges of second degree theft, third degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief, operating while intoxicated second offense, third degree burglary, driving with a suspended license were all thrown out.

The charges all stemmed from incidents caused by Kantaris on the morning of October 26, 2013.

The trouble began sometime before 2:44 AM when police were called to the zero block of 23rd Street SW on a report that a truck had struck a home and then left the scene. A witness followed the truck to a residence just outside city limits on 34th Street SE and notified police.

Officers soon arrived at the residence and arrested Mr. Kantaris and took him to jail.

As officers investigated the full extent of the actions of Mr. Kantaris, more potential lawbreaking was discovered. Investigators uncovered that he had broken into Key Wholesale, located at 1136 South Carolina Avenue, and caused damage to several doors and windows and took a laptop computer owned by the business. Police further alleged that Mr. Kantaris then went to the Alliant Energy Warehouse located at 622 15th Street SE where he entered an employee’s vehicle and then stole a pickup truck owned by Alliant Energy and drove it through a security gate, destroying it. He then drove the stolen truck to the 23rd Street residence and intentionaly crashed into the house twice and then fled the scene. The residence was occupied at the time of the incident but no one was injured.

Kantaris was also found guilty of violating the terms of the probation he was already serving. He received a five year prison sentence for that, to be served concurrently with the ten year sentence. He was transferred to the Oakdale medical classification facility in Coralville on Wednesday, March 5.

Kantaris, Zachary James SENTENCED TO PRISON

Kantaris, Zachary James


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6 Responses to Mason City man to spend ten years in prison, pay nearly $18K in restitution for crime spree

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    This clown is back in the clink

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    What happened to this loser? Did he go to prison? Who is gonna run the drugs for the old man now?

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    from what I hear, Zach and his dad deal drugs all over the area, why don’t they ever get his dad?

  4. USMCSSG Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    how come this young man goes to prison and there are so many others like the smith kid,studer boy, rieches, and all these imports that get probation and then have numerous charges and you see them driving around this fricken crime ridden city. Makes me want to puke.

  5. LVS Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    15 years is a longtime for a guy this young. He had his chances and blew them. I guess if there is a good thing, some judge will let him out in a year or so. By then he will learn a whole new bunch of skill sets.

  6. blnaway Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    About time