Two arrested in string of burglaries
Two Kalona men remain in the Washington County Jail under $100,000 bond in connection with a string of burglaries and thefts in Kalona.
Dillon Michael Whetstine, 18, of Kalona and Aaron Bender, 18, of Kalona, were arrested Monday afternoon in the 100 block of First Street in Kalona. Whetstine is charged with two counts of third degree burglary, a Class D felony, and three counts of third degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. Bender is charged with three counts of third degree burglary, a Class D felony, and three counts of third degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor.
They are also charged with fifth-degree theft, fourth-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree criminal mischief. There has also been a petition to revoke probation on both. Both had been on probation for multiple convictions of burglary and theft, along with a criminal mischief charge.
Class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine between $750 and $7,500. Aggravated misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years in prison.
Officers arrested the two after an investigation into the string of burglaries.
According to court records, the two are accused of burglarizing Kalona Antique Company. The records say that they entered the business on Oct. 18 or 19 through a window on the south west side of the business. The report also said that multiple antiques were knocked over and about $8 in coins was taken from the cash register.
The two also stand accused of burglarizing Redlinger Service in Kalona. On Oct. 25, the Washington County Communications Center received a call reporting that the business had been broken into and about $1,050 in cash and change was taken. A Mercury Topaz valued at $1,500 was also taken from outside the building. The report said that Whetstine admitted that he and Bender had broken into the business and stolen the items.
Records also say that they are accused of breaking into BullTown Pizza in Kalona. According to the reports, the back door, worth $200, had been kicked in and damage in the amount of $50 had been done to a window in an attempt to gain entry. About $15 in change was reported taken, along with a Hills Bank bag with $2, and a box of plastic gloves with $5. Whetstine also admitted that he and Bender had broken into the business, the file said.
Both men have pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 7.