Burglar Apprehended after Chase in Fayette County

One person has been arrested after a burglary in Arlington.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says on Tuesday morning around 9:15 am, they received a report of a burglary in progress in the 200 block of Park Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing three people wearing face masks in two vehicles as they fled the scene.

Witnesses were able to give a vehicle description of both of the vehicles, which were later discovered to be stolen from rural properties in Maynard and Hazleton.

Fayette County and Buchanan County deputies responded to the report, along with the Iowa State Patrol and DOT. About 45 minutes into the search, officers spotted one of the stolen vehicles – a silver 1999 Chevy Silverado that was taken from Maynard. A short ensued when one of the suspects ditched the stolen vehicle in a wooded area northwest of Stanley and took off on foot.

After searching for an hour near the wooded area using the Independence Fire Department’s drone and a law enforcement K-9, the suspect was apprehended. 20-year old Roy Morarie III of Cedar Rapids was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail on several charges, including Third Degree Burglary. Morarie was also charged with burglarizing six vehicles at a rural hog confinement property west of Arlington. He was also wanted out of Linn County on warrants related to burglary and criminal mischief.

He remains in the Fayette County Jail on 20-thousand dollars bond.