Trio scooped up in Charles City burglary investigation, stolen guns recovered

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KTTC) — Charles City police and Floyd County sheriff’s deputies have cracked what appears to be a major burglary operation seizing many stolen guns, narcotics and drug paraphernalia in two traffic stops and searches of two residences.

It all unfolded on Thursday, December 27, and by day’s end three men from Charles City and Mason City had been taken into custody.

Police said it all started with an investigation of a stolen laptop listed sale on a ‘for sale group’ on a social media site.  That afternoon, Charles City police got a search warrant for an apartment in the 600 block of Milwaukee Street.  Police said the laptop was recovered, and within the hour, a Floyd County sheriff’s deputy had made a traffic stop linked to the investigation.

Two men in the car were arrested–Troy BiJani, 22, of Mason City and Xavier Frank, 24, of Charles City.  Both men face initial criminal charges of 2nd Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Theft.  After the traffic stop, police asked for a second search warrant for the same apartment, and officers said they recovered “many stolen handguns and narcotics-related items.”

It was at this point that the Charles City police investigation merged with an ongoing case of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office–the county had taken a report earlier in the day on those stolen guns.

A second traffic stop came within the hour on E Street and Highway 18, with CCPD officers arresting Robert Luckett III, 27, of Mason City.  Police say they recovered more stolen guns and narcotics in that traffic stop, and they said Luckett will face a charge involving possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s deputies then sought a third search warrant, and about 7:30 p.m. swarmed over a residence in the 200 block of 4th Avenue in Charles City.  Information about stolen guns was discovered, and “narcotics related items were seized” according to the sheriff’s office.

BiJani, Frank and Luckett all face a variety of charges as the joint police/sheriff’s office investigation now shifts to the county attorney’s office.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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