Alleged Julio’s bar burglar may be tied to additional burglaries

Published 9:32 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Lake Mills man who allegedly burglarized a Hayward bar early Sunday might be involved with other recent burglaries in Freeborn County.

Jeromy Eugene Dann, 34, was charged Tuesday in Freeborn County District Court with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, possessing ammo or any firearm with a previous felony conviction, second-degree burglary and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Court documents state Dann was arrested after deputies were dispatched at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday to Julio’s Bar & Grill on a report of a burglary in progress. As deputies were en route, Dann had allegedly left the scene, and they were informed he had taken the cash register.

Jeromy Eugene Dann

Jeromy Eugene Dann

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A pickup reportedly passed officers with speeds reaching 100 mph. The vehicle did not pull over after an officer activated his emergency lights, and the driver of the pickup reportedly started throwing items out the window.

Court documents state the chase continued through several intersections, and the pickup allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Freeborn County roads 13 and 26.

After coming to a stop, the pickup reportedly reversed and struck an officer’s vehicle before the officer reversed and the pickup lost control and entered the ditch.

Dann was then arrested. Court documents state he told officers he thought if he had traveled fast enough, the officers would have ended the pursuit, and he apologized for endangering them.

He allegedly confessed to the burglary and said he did it because he needed money.

Court documents state a search of the route of the pursuit resulted in finding a cash drawer, money and register receipt paper, which were identified as belonging to the bar.

A witness stated he had seen Dann hit the ATM at the bar with a sledgehammer, take the register and set it on the bar and continue looking through cabinets. The witness reportedly confronted Dann before he he took the register and left the bar.

Court documents state surveillance video showed Dann enter the bar by smashing the front door with a sledgehammer before he used it to attempt to open the ATM and leave the bar with the register.

Dann was observed by video leaving the bar wearing a mask on his head that matched the mask he was wearing when he left the pickup.

A 12-gauge shotgun shell, 16-gauge shotgun shell and items linked to other burglaries in the area were reportedly found in the pickup.

Dann was convicted of a felony controlled substance offense in Iowa, and he has a Winnebago County warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm or a dangerous weapon.

Court documents did not expand on what other robberies in Freeborn County Dann may have been linked to.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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