Quick Thinking Tenant Helps Dubuque Police Arrest Burglar

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque police credit quick thinking by a tenant to help officers arrest an intruder early Thursday morning.

Police said Justin Klauer, 31, burglarized a home on Roberts Street.
When police arrived on scene, just after 2 a.m.., Klauer ran from the house.

Police followed Klauer's footprints in the snow., that led them to Alta Vista Street.

Investigators said Klauer found an unlocked basement door of an apartment building. The tenant living there said he heard something in the basement. When he went downstairs to check it out, Klauer grabbed the tenant's arm and asked if police were outside. The tenant told Klauer to stay put. The tenant then ran outside and flagged down a police officer.

"I think he (the tenant) did a great job. My only concern would be if the initial contact with the subject had turned violent and jeopardized his safety of any other occupants of the house," said Dubuque Police Lieutenant Scott Baxter.

Police said a K-9 officer stood at the top of the basement steps and repeatedly told Klauer to come upstairs. When Klauer didn't respond, the officer sent the dog downstairs.

Klauer received minor injuries from the dog. He remains in jail on cash only bond.
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