CAMPUS CRIME: Charges Filed In ISU Burglaries
A Waterloo man has been linked to 38 burglaries on-campus at Iowa State University in Ames.
Iowa State University Police say 46-year-old James Cowan is charged with two counts of second degree burglary, once count of third degree burglary, and once count of second degree criminal mischief.
Officials say the burglaries took place between July 2011 and March 2012 at several buildings on ISU’s campus. Descriptions of the suspect in the burglaries matched Cowan and ISU police interviewed him June 28th.
DNA evidence was used to tie Cowan to the crimes. Officials say blood from a napkin found at one of the crime scenes was Cowan’s. Police say he gained entry by using a screwdriver to pry open locked doors.
If found guilty on all counts Cowan could spend up to 20 years in prison.