Four arrested in Newton burglary

Four men from Des Moines have been arrested in connection with a burglary early Wednesday (7/22) south of Newton.  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says there was a call of a burglary in progress just before 2am Wednesday at Car Country, an auto salvage business south of Newton.  Jasper County Deputies and Newton Police began searching for suspects.  After about three hours of searching, three suspects were caught at the scene and a fourth was arrested on a road near the business.  An investigation found the suspects were involved in cutting and removing catalytic converters from vehicles owned by Car Country….and that they had made several trips to the business to steal the converters.  At least 50 catalytic converters were stolen.  Search warrants issued on the suspects’ vehicles turned up meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  29-year-old Wah Lay Htoo, 23-year-old Aung Soe Thu, 19-year-old Ashis Patel and 35-year-old Klo Doh Htoo, all of Des Moines, have all been charged with first degree criminal mischief and second degree theft.  Thu and Patel are also charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

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