Iowa City Man Charged in Burglary

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

Tools

By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City man is accused of breaking into an Iowa City business early Thursday morning.

Iowa City police officers responded to Orscheln Farm and Home Supply, 655 Hollywood Blvd., at 12:41 a.m. for a report of a burglary alarm in the tool room of the business. A short time later, a second alarm was set off in the business.

Officers entered the business and discovered the back door was forced open. Burglary tools were also found at the scene. A fence behind the business was found to have been cut.

Police said they saw two men running from the business. After a short foot chase, officers caught 45-year-old Terry L. Griffin. Griffin allegedly admitted to being in the area with another man and their vehicle was parked behind the business. Police said they found bolt cutters inside the vehicle.

The second suspect has not been identified. Police said the break-in caused $1,800 in damage to the business.

Griffin was arrested and faces charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar's tools. He remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail.
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