MASON CITY | A Dubuque man intends to plead guilty to burglary charges in Mason City, according to court documents. 

Jay Joseph Mess, 27, is charged with felony third-degree burglary, misdemeanor attempted third-degree burglary and possession of burglar's tools following incidents in January 2017.

At about 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2017, Mess allegedly attempted to break into Laser Wash, a car wash in the 1500 block of Sixth Place Southeast in Mason City.

He was caught on video trying to pry open a locked door with a crowbar, Mason City police wrote in charging documents. 

At about 7:08 a.m. the same day, court documents said a witness saw Mess and another person burglarizing Westside Car Wash or Clear Water Car Wash, located in the 3300 block of Fourth Street Southwest.

The witness told police the two left in a red Chevy Blazer. Mess was driving the same vehicle when he was arrested for burglarizing a car wash in Wisconsin, police noted in court documents. 

A statewide warrant for Mess’ arrest was issued Jan 20, 2017.  

Assistant County Attorney Steven D. Tynan requested an order to transport Mess from the Dubuque County Jail to the Cerro Gordo County Jail for arraignment June 4, 2018, nearly a year and a half after the alleged burglary.

On Monday, court documents indicated a plea agreement. Mess’ attorney requested the plea hearing be set out one month as Mess "is set to be sentenced to prison in Dubuque County within the month.”

Mess is accused of criminal mischief, theft, burglary, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, ongoing criminal conduct and additional charges in Dubuque County in 2016 and 2017. 

He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Aug. 14 for a plea hearing. 

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