Owner reacts to early morning burglary

MASON CITY, Iowa – It was a rude awakening for one area business owner Sunday morning.

Authorities responded to a call around 2:00 a.m. from Charlie’s Auto and Repair in Mason City.

26 year-old Hussein Jamal Muwonge of Marshalltown was apprehended near the property and was charged with burglary in the third degree.

Officials like Capt. Mike McKelvey say that their quick response was thanks to the high tech surveillance equipment inside the business and if the call hadn’t been so direct, the outcome could have been much different.

“We were real fortunate that this rang in right away and that officers got there to locate the guy right there in the area,” McKelvey said.

Responding to calls in this area is something the Mason City Police Department has gotten pretty used to over the years.

The Wendy’s down the street on Federal Ave was broken into and not too long ago, the auto shop across the street from Charlie’s, River City Auto, had a similar incident.

Charlie West is the owner of the repair shop and he says thankful they have such good security in their building, and believes the situation could have been far worse had they not has everything so secure.

Muwonge entered the building by breaking a window and once in the building, he smashed the alarm system and ransacked West’s office.

“The drawer was opened up with old checks and old stuff,” West said, “there aren’t even any checks in them, it’s just all books so that told me he was looking for money.”

Even though West is left with a broken window and a smashed alarm key pad, he believes the damages will only amount to about $1,000.

Muwonge was taken to Cerro Gordo County Jail is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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