Police: Iowa City Woman Broke Into Homes To Support Drug Habit

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa City couple is accused of leaving their three children home alone so they could commit burglaries Thursday morning.

Iowa City police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Keokuk Street at 10 a.m. Thursday for a report of a woman with dyed red hair trying to break into a home. While searching the area, police located 24-year-old Shane C. Wright.

Police said they found charred spoons and syringes – evidence of heroin use – in Wright's backpack. Wright allegedly told the officers he was a "reformed" heroin user and those items were left from when he still used, but later admitted to shooting up Thursday morning.

Wright was arrested and police went to his Arthur Street home, where they discovered his children – ages 9, 8 and 4 – had been left alone since 9 a.m. Wright initially told police he left the children with his cousin, but later said he left the kids home alone so he could walk his wife, 26-year-old Teryn E. Netz, to work.

However, police said Netz admitted during an interview with officers that she was the one spotted trying to break into the home earlier that day. Netz admitted to committing burglaries to support her narcotics habit.

According to criminal complaints, Netz committed burglaries in Iowa City on June 21 and July 23. In the June incident, police said Netz entered a Langenberg Avenue home, stole $3,000 in jewelry and sold some of it at a local gold buying business. Police were able to recover some of the jewelry and confirm Netz made the transaction.

In July, police said Netz pried off the window of a Laurel Street residence and entered the home. Netz stole jewelry, which she also sold at a local gold buying business, police said.

Wright is charged with child endangerment without injury and possession of drug paraphernalia. Netz faces two counts of third-degree burglary and single counts of second- and fourth-degree theft, third-degree attempted burglary and child endangerment without injury.
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