A Waterloo man has been arrested in connection with several burglaries in Iowa City.
Shane C. Wright, 25, of Waterloo has been charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, attempted burglary and fourth-degree theft for three break-ins that occurred within several days of each other in July.
Wright was initially charged with child endangerment without injury and possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded to a reported burglary in July, but had not been connected with any break-ins until now. On the morning of July 25, police responded to the 1400 block of Keokuk Street for a report of a woman with dyed red hair trying to break into a home. While searching for the woman, later identified as 26-year-old Teryn E. Netz, they found Wright. Police said Wright had charred spoons and syringes – evidence of heroin use – in his backpack. Wright allegedly told police he had shot up heroin that morning.
Additionally, police said Netz and Wright – who are married – left their three young children home alone during the attempted burglary.
According to criminal complaints filed in July, Netz committed burglaries in Iowa City on June 21 and July 23. In the June incident, police said Netz entered a Langenberg Avenue home, stole jewelry and sold some of it at a local gold buying business. Police were able to recover some of the jewelry and confirm Netz made the transaction. In July, police said Netz pried off the window of a Laurel Street residence and entered the home. Netz stole jewelry, which she also sold at a local gold buying business, police said.
Wright has now been charged in connection with those burglaries, as well as the attempted burglary on Keokuk Street.
During an interview, Wright allegedly told police he and Netz were committing the burglaries to support their drug habits.