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Police investigate Newman school burglary, arrest two suspects


This news story was published on March 23, 2020.
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MASON CITY – Local law enforcement investigated a burglary at Newman school in Mason City that resulted in thousands of dollars in losses and later arrested two suspects.

On March 20, 2020, at about 5:00 a.m., officers of the Mason City Police Department began investigating a burglary that occurred at Newman Catholic School, located at 2445 19th St SW. Officers worked closely with staff to determine the burglary occurred just hours before and approximately $17,000 in tools and educational equipment were missing. The school’s surveillance equipment showed two subjects enter the locked school and gather several items from various locations within the building. The gathered items were then loaded into a vehicle and driven away by the two subjects. The surveillance equipment was paramount in helping officers determine who was responsible for the burglary.

Officers applied for and were granted a warrant to search two separate residences in Mason City in an attempt to locate the stolen property. On the morning of March 22, 2020, the search warrant was served by the Special Operations Group of the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force due to the heightened safety risk to officers. As a result of the investigation, two subjects were arrested and charged with the burglary of the Newman Catholic School. Several of the items that had been stolen from the school were recovered during the search of one of the residences. Officers also served two subsequent search warrants in connection to the criminal activity surrounding those involved in the burglary.

Nathanial Pope (37) of Mason City is charged with 3rd Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. Eric Francis (49) of Mason City is charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both men were held for bond at the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and the police department is likely going to make more arrests. If you have any information regarding the burglary or know where any of the stolen items may have gone, you are encouraged to contact MCPD at 641-421-3636. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation.

Eric Francis

Pope, Nathaniel Elmer
(previous jail photo)

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19 Responses to Police investigate Newman school burglary, arrest two suspects

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    High noon hanging! Public welcome!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    These two clowns have a theme song, it starts like this, “Scum-d-dumb-dumb, Scum-d-dumb-dumb-dumbbbbbbb”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    It doesn’t really make any sense for a civilized society to keep giving anti-social dumbasses like these two another chance. The clear benefits of simply ‘putting them down’ are practically limitless. I know…it’s illegal, but in reality, anything short of permanently ending the cycle is counter-productive and self-defeating.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2020 at 7:45 am

      This isn’t bad, look at what our great judges do in other parts of Iowa.
      Waterloo bank robber with 47 prior convictions sent to federal prison.

      “At the time of sentencing, Sisk had accumulated 47 prior convictions for various crimes. These convictions include willful injury causing bodily injury, domestic assault with intent to cause serious injury, burglary, fraud practices, assault, theft, delivery of cocaine, interference with official acts, possession of controlled substances, and multiple other crimes.”

      https://northiowatoday.com/2020/03/05/waterloo-bank-robber-with-47-prior-convictions-sent-to-federal-prison/

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 5:35 am

    Glad you got caught your losers

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    Dick Dastardly Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Tweaking and scheming gone awry. Double drats!

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    Geniuses Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    I hope they get what there looking for in prison. Sex and drugs.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Note: these guys are arrested so frequently the Police Department uses a previous photo rather than waste the time and effort to take new one as nothing changes but the Date. Pope -Next time wear a WIG -you might fool the Security Camera!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Note: these guys are arrested so frequently the Police Department uses a previous photo rather than waste the time and effort to take new one as nothing changes but the Date. Francis -Next time wear a WIG!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Stealing $17,000 from a NON Profit organization that is fortunately supported by the Mason City Community – what a couple of DEAD BEATS! For as many times as Francis has been arrested, you could paper your kitchen and have some left over. He must need another Free Meal – throw the Key and save our Law Enforcement time and tax payer money!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Can you say Career Criminals!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    GET OFF THE DRUGS ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Pope you have been in Jail how many times now? Didn’t you get enough of school already? that your breaking back into school?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    wonder if this Francis is related to the francis girl that called in the bomb threat to Newman several years ago to cover up the bank theft?
    Might want to try someplace else

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2020 at 11:39 am

    same names, different week, what do you have to do to get arrested and put away. Please crawl in my window, I would have NO problem ridding society of you

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 23, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      You like men crawling in your window I bet.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 23, 2020 at 1:22 pm

        Only with a death wish

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 24, 2020 at 7:46 am

        Don’t talk to you momma like that. How do you think you got here

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 23, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      I kinda doubt if anybody would miss these turds. Blast ’em!