Four Washington residents charged in $340,000 theft ring
Four Washington residents were arrested Monday on burglary charges in connection with alleged criminal activity in four counties, including Henry County, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The estimated value of damaged and stolen property is believed to be $340,000.
Nathan Douglas Mueller, 22, Michael Patrick Mueller, 19, Travis Alan Peterson, 21, and Alexander Lee Fields, 19, all of Washington, face felony counts.
The arrests came following the execution of three search warrants on Feb. 20 by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies. Two of the warrants were executed in the City of Washington and one in rural Washington County. The search warrants culminated a several month-long investigation into thefts and criminal mischief throughout Washington, Henry, Johnson and Louisa counties.
The items seized through the warrants tied stolen and vandalized property back to all four counties.
Nathan Mueller is charged with one class B felony, seven class C felonies, 12 class D felonies and 11 misdemeanors. He faces a maximum jail sentence of 158 years and 270 days.
Michael Mueller is charged with one class B felony, five class C felonies, seven class D felonies and three misdemeanors. He faces a maximum jail sentence of 115 years and 120 days.
Peterson faces a maximum jail sentence of 143 years and 180 days. He is charged with one class B felony, six class C felonies, 11 class D felonies and eight misdemeanors.
Fields is charged with one class C felony and two class D felonies, facing a maximum jail time of 20 years.
Some of the items taken were passenger vehicles, semis, an ATV, a riding lawnmower and numerous power tools.
Agencies assisting in the investigation and/or warrants were the Washington Police Department, Washington County Conservation Department, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa City Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and LEIN Region 6.