Arrest Made in Cell Phone Burglary

Iowa Cell Phones and Repair Store Mason City, IA

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MASON CITY, IA – On May 25th Craig Schroeder was woken-up by call from his boss, and it’s one he won’t ever forget.

“I remember him all of a sudden waking me up and yelling at me like Craig we have to get to the shop, somebody broke in,” said Schroeder.

Those working at Iowa Cell Phones and Repair weren’t happy to hear that their store was broken into.

More than half of their merchandise was taken that night.

And then, it happened again.

“Took, pretty much just ransacked the place looking for anything and everything. We thankfully lock our phones in a safe now, he didn’t get that many phones but he took my bike, another bike, some tablets just a whole bunch of random stuff,” said Schroeder.

They put the surveillance cameras in place the day they opened up shop here, and it’s what they caught on tape that’s really helping with the investigation.

Schroeder says his boss took it upon himself to help find the culprit.

Philip Biermann, who owns this store, has even spent the night at the shop.

But now,  good news is headed their way.

The man that’s been robbing their store has been arrested.

36 year old Justin Holt is being charged with two counts of 3rd degree Burglary and one count of 5th degree theft. Third degree burglary is a class “D” felony which is a maximum sentence of 5 years.

“To know that it’s over because if it was just once, sure it’s a big deal but the fact that the same guy came back again who knows if he would do it again,” said Schroeder.

Not only is Schroeder happy that the man has been caught, but he’s even happier to have a boss that cares.

“The owner has such a passion for this place and cares about it so much that he’s going to try to figure out what happened it’s wonderful and for me just knowing that its kind of job security knowing that he’s really gunning for trying to make your life better here,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder also tells us their business took a hit during the first burglary.

They had to replace all their customers’ cell phones that were stolen, something that wasn’t in the budget.

As for the investigation of the crimes, the Mason City Police Department is handling that end of things.

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