Two parolees have been charged in a series of burglaries in which they broke into several energy substations and stole hundreds of pounds of copper which they sold to local metal merchants .
Daniel Wayne Simmons, 36, of 324 Main Street, apt. 304, Davenport, is charged with three counts of third degree burglary, one count of possession with intent to deliver less than 5 grams of methamphetamine and one count of possession of burglary tools.
Third degree burglary is a Class D felony under Iowa law and punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The methamphetamine charge is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Possession of burglary tools is an aggravated offense punishable by up to 2 years in prison.
Anthony Vincent Ettore, 53, of 8448 N. Fairmount St., Lot 49, is charged with continuing criminal conduct, second degree theft and possession of burglary tools.
Continuing criminal conduct is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, while second degree theft is a Class D felony punishable by 5 years in prison.
According to affidavits filed by Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Strom between October 25 and December 1, Simmons broke into the MidAmerican Energy substation at 18500 110th Ave. at least three times, and stole hundreds of pounds of copper.
Simmons damaged the building, fences and power generation structures with repairs estimated at over $ 24,000. He allegedly stole between 800 and 1,000 pounds of copper wire. He sold some of it to Rich Metals in Davenport as well as to Del’s Metal in Rock Island.