May 17, 2013



A 69-year-old man who had been released from prison for a felony burglary conviction in August is a suspect for a string of burglaries that spanned from Minnesota to Appanoose and Sac counties in Iowa, Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said in a Thursday press release.

Roy S. Cope, who McClure said is homeless, is charged with two counts each of felony burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into two Odebolt businesses on April 30.

Cope allegedly broke open a door at Larry Beckman Motors and damaged some file cabinets. He also allegedly pried open a shop window at Mark Hansen's Rex Chevrolet and broke into its business office.

Cope is accused of stealing a car from Mark Hansen's and later led Appanoose County Sheriff's deputies on a chase May 14 and was arrested.

No further details of the crimes were immediately available.

Cope is held at Appanoose County Jail in Centerville and will be transported to Sac City to face charges there. The burglary charges are each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The felony theft charges are each punishable by up to five years in prison. Cope was also charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and theft.

His bond is set at $30,300. Further charges for other break-ins are pending, McClure said.

Cope pleaded guilty to felony burglary in October 2010 in Buena Vista County and was sentenced to up to five years in prison but was released about two years later, online court records show.