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Burglar allegedly caught red-handed walking away from crime scene with industrial wire

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is accused of felonies after police allegedly caught him walking down the street carrying large pieces of industrial wire, taken from a local cement plant.

On October 26, 2017, at approximately 8:13 PM. Members of the Mason City Police Department Safe Neighborhoods Team located an adult male walking in the 1600 block of North Quincy Ave. The male was found to be carrying several large pieces of industrial electrical wiring in his arms. The officers investigated further and it was determined that the wiring was stolen in a burglary to Holcim Cement Plant, located 1840 North Federal Ave., Mason City, Iowa. The amount of stolen property combined with damage to the plant is approximately $10,000.00 dollars. The male, identified as 57-year-old Craig Rupert of Mason City. He was taken into custody.

Mason City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division was called in and two search warrants were executed at separate locations in Mason City. During the execution of the warrants further evidence was located and seized.

Ruppelt, Craig Alan
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