Two suspects have been arrested and charged following a string of church robberies on the north side of Ames.
According to jail records, 19-year-old Zakery S. Hyer of Ames and 18-year-old Austin D. Cox of Ames were both arrested over the weekend and hit with multiples charges in connection to the alleged burglaries.
Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle confirmed that Hyer has been charged with four counts of Third-Degree Burglary and a single count Second-Degree Criminal Mischief. Both crimes are considered class “D” felonies. Hyer also faces two counts of Second-Degree Criminal Mischief, which is classified as a serious misdemeanor.
In addition, Tuttle stated that Cox has also been hit with four counts of Third-Degree Burglary for his involvement in the incidents.
According to a press release, four different churches in north Ames reported burglaries last Thursday night. The suspects allegedly pried open doors and broke windows of the structures in order to gain entry. Office areas of the churches were rifled through, and a number of electronic items were stolen.
Tuttle noted that the department’s investigation into the burglaries is ongoing. Anyone with information on the crimes is encouraged to contact the Ames PD at 515-239-5133 or anonymously at 515-239-5533.