NORTHWOOD | Two North Iowa men have been arrested after allegedly stealing a safe box in Northwood.
Joshua Thomas Teeter, 20, Mason City, and Channing Roger Greer, 19, were both arrested early Sunday morning for third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. Court documents list Greer's address as both Mason City and Manly.
The Worth County Sheriff’s Office received a report about 2:30 a.m. Sunday of a suspicious vehicle, a gray GMC pickup, near a vacant residence in the 900 block of Highway 105.
A deputy noticed a pickup parked at Ironwood Avenue and 460th Street, according to the criminal complaint, but the driver, identified as Teeter, took off before the deputy could pull up.
The vehicle took off east on 460th Street and then turned north on Jonquil Avenue, according to court documents. When the deputy drove past 460th and Ironwood, the deputy noticed a "safe-type box and papers scattered everywhere" in the west ditch.
The deputy started following the vehicle and made contact with the occupants when the vehicle ran out of gas while turning onto Highway 105.
The passengers of the vehicle were identified as Greer and Jeremy Mulford, who has not been charged, according to court records.
Teeter was arrested for driving while revoked and transported to the Worth County Jail.
The deputy drove back to investigate the safe, and found documents belonging to the owners of the house in the 900 block of Highway 105, court documents said.
The deputy then drove to the vacant home and observed the door on the west side of the house had been kicked in and had a visible footprint on it.
“I also found three sets of footprints in the snow,” the criminal complaint said. “One set of footprints matched the tread of the boots that Teeter was wearing when he was arrested.”
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected to be filed, the sheriff's office said in a news release.
A search warrant was issued and executed by Worth County Sheriff’s Department Monday with Teeter listed as the defendant. Records for what was searched and what was found are not available.
Greer is being held in Worth County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Worth County District Court on March 15.
Teeter is being held on a $5,000 cash-only bond. He is set to appear in Worth County District Court March 13.
The Mason City Police Department provided assistance.