Iowa City Police Make Second Arrest In Orscheln Farm and Home Burglary
By Lee Hermiston, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A second arrest has been made in the September burglary of an Iowa City business.
Iowa City police officers responded to Orscheln Farm and Home Supply, 655 Hollywood Blvd., at 12:41 a.m. Sept. 26 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.
At the time, the second subject was not identified.
This week, police arrested the second suspect, 31-year-old Timothy D. Messier of Coralville. Police said Messier's vehicle was the one they found parked behind the store and its hood was still warm. Inside the vehicle were bolt cutters, flashlights, wire cutters, gloves and Messier's wallet.
Messier faces charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar's tools.