MASON CITY | A Mason City man police say was found damaging a furnace in someone else's basement early Wednesday has been charged with felony second-degree theft.
Joel Donaldson, 43, is also charged with misdemeanor possession of a burglar tool, according to the Mason City Police Department.
The department received a call from a resident in the 1100 block of Ninth Street Southwest shortly after 5 a.m. The resident reported hearing what he believed to be grunting and knocking sounds coming from the basement, according to the police.
When officers arrived, they reportedly found Donaldson damaging the furnace, duct work and exhaust vents.
There was no estimate on damages.
Police say Donaldson, who did not know the residents of the home, told officers he was looking for a friend who was inside the furnace.
He was arrested and taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail, where he was being held Wednesday on $10,000 cash/surety bond.
-- Mary Pieper