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Second arrest made in connection w/Ringgold & Union County gun Thefts


May 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Afton report a second arrest has been made in connection with the theft of weapons from residences in Ringgold and Union Counties. According to the Afton Police Department, 17-year old Tanner Jonathon Dean Harvey, of Afton, was taken into custody without incident late Wednesday morning.

Harvey was charged with six-counts of felony Burglary – Class C, and one-count of

Felony burglary – Class D. He was transported to the Central Iowa Detention Center in Eldora, and his case referred to juvenile court.

Union County Sheriff Rick Piel says four of the burglaries occurred Union County. Two were in Ringgold County. About 40 stolen guns were recovered at a farmhouse near Afton.

On Monday, authorities charged 18-year old Eric Kristopher Downey, of Afton, with second-degree burglary. Downey was being held in the Union County Jail.