Bag of evidence dropped in chase
A citizen alerted Storm Lake Police after attempting to stop of a burglary to his vehicle Saturday, and the description the witness gathered for police was enough to lead them to the spoils of an apparent burglary ring.
The victim of the vehicle burglary saw a man in his vehicle. When the victim approached, the suspect tried to run away. The victim caught him and wrestled him to the ground, but after a short struggle, the suspect got away and ran to a vehicle parked in the next driveway. Two other people were waiting in the vehicle, and when the man jumped in, they fled the scene.
The victim delivered a description of the vehicle and partial license plate number to police, along with a black tennis show the suspect had left behind in the scuffle.
Officers soon found the suspect vehicle at a home at 1505 Hyland Drive.
There they found Edward Armstrong, 18, Storm Lake, and Johnathan Syndergaard, 19, Storm Lake. Both men were taken in for questioning. Officers secured the residence and stood by until a search warrant could be obtained. While there, they heard noises coming from the garage area.
An officer saw a female, later identified as Ashley Terrell, 19, Storm Lake, running from the garage carrying a garbage bag full of items. Police chased her on foot and after a brief pursuit apprehended her. Terrell had dropped the garbage bag, and police observed car stereos, registration cards, and personal property belonging to different people.
Terrell was taken to the Police Station for questioning.
In a search of the Hyland Drive home, they also found a CD player, speaker box, and CD's that were believed to be stolen.
Police alleged in a statement that the three subjects were responsible for vehicle burglaries at 1105 West 5th Street, 1008 East 4th Street and 504 Oates Street in Storm Lake as well as two additional burglaries in Lakeside, being investigated by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department.
Edward Armstrong was charged with Robbery 2nd Degree, a felony, and two counts of Burglary 3rd Degree. Ashley Terrell was charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 2nd Degree, a felony, and two counts of Burglary 3rd Degree. Johnathan Syndergaard was charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 2nd Degree and two counts of Aiding and Abetting Burglary 3rd Degree.
All three were booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $26,000 cash bond each.