3 arrested in Harlan for burglaries & vandalism


April 5th, 2012 by admin

The Harlan Police department reports the arrests of several people over the past few days.

On Wednesday (April 4th), an anonymous tip led to the arrest of three persons in connection to burglaries that occurred at the fairgrounds and other criminal mischief.  Eighteen-year-old Frank Bates of Harlan was charged with three counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of criminal mischief, theft 5th, and operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent.  18year-old Matthew Scheuring of Harlan was charged with burglary 3rd and criminal mischief . And, a 17-year-old juvenile was charged with aiding and abetting operation without owner’s consent and aiding and abetting burglary.  Bates and Scheuring were taken to the Shelby County Jail and the juvenile was cited and released to their father.  A fourth person is being investigated in the case.

On Tuesday, 64-year-old David Peters of Harlan was arrested for public intoxication when Harlan police responded to a report of an unconscious person lying in the grass in front of a residence in the 1000 block of Park Street.

On March 30th, Bomgaar’s Supply Inc. called police in Harlan to report the theft of money by an employee.  Authorities report that 32-year-old Shelly Hulsebus of Council Bluffs was charged with 3rd degree theft.

And, on March 27th, police were called to the Brian Bowers residence in the 1400 block of College Blvd when a 1992 Mercury Sable was reported stolen.  The Shelby and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Offices and the Iowa State Patrol stopped the stolen vehicle near the Underwood rest area after it was observed on Highway 59 and I-80.  The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Patrick James Schmitz of Harlan.  He was taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail.  Schmitz faces numerous traffic and criminal charges.