Three caught in the middle of burglary in Marion

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MARION — A Cedar Rapids man is accused of breaking into a Marion home while two other people served as lookouts.

According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, on July 16, a witness saw three people — later identified as 24-year-old Cade Z. Foreman, of Cedar Rapids; 18-year-old Robert S. Griffin, of Cedar Rapids; and 22-year-old Rudi L. Clark, of Wyoming, Iowa — approach a home in the 1900 block of Third Avenue in Marion and knock on the door. Authorities said when no one answered the door, Foreman went to the side of the house while Griffin and Clark acted as lookouts.

Police arrived on the scene and found the trio still at the home. A side window had been opened and the screen was cut, police said. Inside the window, a bed had been pushed aside, police said.

“It appeared officers had interrupted the three in the process of a burglary,” the criminal complaints state.

Authorities said Foreman was found with a backpack containing a pry bar, screwdriver, vise grips and a cordless drill. Griffin and Clark were both carrying flashlights, police said.

All three suspects were arrested and have been charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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