Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected serial burglar this week at Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel in Altoona.
In a news release, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said 43-year-old Eric Todd Hall “initially resisted deputies” when they apprehended him at the casino. Authorities said he’s suspected in more than 25 burglaries across Iowa.
Investigators began responding to “numerous” burglaries of rural businesses in rural Iowa and Minnesota in September. The burglar would break in late at night and steal mostly cash, the release said.
After sharing information, different law enforcement agencies were able to identify Hall as the suspect, the release said. He was wanted on a collection of charges from the Council Bluffs Police Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, including three counts of third-degree burglary, eluding and interference with official acts.
He was also sought in Wisconsin for a probation violation, police said.
On Wednesday, an off-duty Guthrie County sheriff’s deputy saw Hall at Prairie Meadows. He then called the Polk County deputies who eventually arrested Hall.
Hall was also charged with second-degree criminal mischief and interference with official acts after he was apprehended. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will assist other sheriff’s offices and police departments in their burglary investigations.
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