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Crime spree involving thefts of snowmobiles, bike, safe box lands Mason City man in jail

Crime spree involving thefts of snowmobiles, bike, safe box lands Mason City man in jail


MASON CITY | A Mason City man is in custody in Cerro Gordo County after a crime spree landed him in jail in Worth County as well.

Joshua Thomas Teeter, 20, is charged with felony first-degree theft, second-degree theft and third-degree burglary in Cerro Gordo County following incidents through February and possibly early March.

About 4:34 a.m. Feb. 24 in the 100 block of Seventh Street Southeast in Mason City, Teeter, along with Levi Robert Shackleton, 26, of Rudd and an unknown accomplice, cut the lock off a trailer, court documents said. A 2017 Polaris Switchback Pro-S Snowmobile worth $10,200 and a 2017 Polaris 800 Pro-S Snowmobile valued at $10,700 were stolen. 

Shackleton is charged with two counts of felony first-degree theft, felony conspiracy and felony third-degree burglary. Teeter is charged with first-degree theft for the incident.

Teeter is charged with second-degree theft following a search of his residence on the 800 block of South Illinois Avenue.

According to court documents, Teeter was in possession of stolen property including a trailer valued at $1,200, a mini bike valued at approximately $800 and “a large quantity of stolen tools and miscellaneous items.” Police said the items, which were located at Teeter's home, were stolen between Feb. 1 and March 3. 

About 1:15 a.m. Feb. 14, Teeter allegedly committed third degree burglary at NISS Excavation on the 3600 block of South Federal Avenue.

“Teeter cut the latch on a NISS trailer and stole over $3,500 worth of property,” the criminal complaint said. “Teeter was seen on video wearing the same coat that was found at his residence. NISS property was also found at his home residence.”   

A statewide warrant for arrest was issued Friday. Teeter was arrested in Worth County Monday. 

Teeter is being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 30.

Teeter; Channing Roger Greer, 19, of Mason City; and Jeremy Nicholas Mulford, 37, of Mason City have been charged with third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony in Worth County.

The three men are accused of breaking into a vacant residence in the 900 block of Highway 105 and stealing items, including a safe box. A Worth County deputy found the box and papers scattered in a ditch following a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of the burglary about 2:30 a.m. that day. 

Teeter and Greer were arrested March 4. Mulford was arrested March 14 and has since bonded out of Worth County Jail.




Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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