Authorities have arrested one of three suspects of a Fayette County break-in, followed by a chase in a stolen vehicle.


The incident began at about 9:15am Tuesday (Nov. 19), when the Fayette County Sheriff's Office got a call about a burglary in progress, at a residence in the 200 block of Park Avenue in Arlington.

According to witnesses, three people were seen wearing face masks and fleeing the scene in two vehicles. Both vehicles were later determined to be stolen, from properties in rural Hazleton and rural Maynard.

In less than an hour, authorities spotted the pickup stolen from Maynard. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, near a wooded area northwest of Stanley.

The use of a drone and a law enforcement K-9, resulted in an arrest about an hour later. He was identified as 20 year old Roy Morarie III of Cedar Rapids.

Morarie is being charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without the Owner's Consent, and Driving While his License is Suspended. He also faces 6 counts of burglary for beaking into 6 vehicles at a rural hog confinement, west of Arlington.

Morarie was also wanted on warrants from Linn County, for absence from custody on multiple charges of burglary, and criminal mischief,

Morarie is being held in the Fayette County jail on $20,000 bond for the incident near Arlington, and $15,000 bond for the Linn County warrants.
There was no information released on the other two suspects.

The Fayette County Sheriff was assisted by the Buchanan County Sheriff, Iowa State Patrol, and DOT Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.