MADRID, Iowa -- Madrid Police are looking for multiple suspects who broke into nearly two dozen cars this weekend and what they're accused of taking makes the investigation even more concerning.
Officials say along with electronics, burglars stole a minivan and a loaded glock .380 pistol. Police chief, Rick Tasler, says the break – in’s happened early Saturday morning.
“We have 18 - 20 case reported. They are actually still coming in. They were reported all throughout town from one end to the other. They were very busy that night.”
Officials distributed gas station surveillance photos of the suspects to Channel 13 News. On Sunday, 18 year - old Jartaveus Moody of Des Moines turned himself into police after his mother saw his picture during a Channel 13 newscast.
Moody is charged with first degree theft and three counts of aggravated burglary. Tasler says roughly a dozen more charges are likely pending further investigation. Police continue to look for multiple suspects, including a juvenile.
“We are taking this case very serious. We need to get that gun back and get it off the streets,” says Tasler.
On Monday, the community of Madrid held its annual holiday “light parade,” a small town tradition now mixed with big city crime.
“It’s Christmas time, you start wanting to give for people and then somebody helps themselves. It’s not a very good thing,” says longtime Madrid resident, Les Young.
Investigators say the break – ins occurred to vehicles that were unlocked; a reminder to residents to get into the routine of locking up their valuables.
“It’s one of those things I always brag about, you get to live in small town and not have to worry about such things,” says Jeremy Lindley.
Police say they are looking for a red 2014 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Boone County license plates. It could be in the Des Moines metro area.
If you have any information about the break – in’s call Madrid Police at 515 -795-3113.