Clay, Buena Vista collaborate on burglary arrests

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Steven Lee Anderson

Clay County Sheriff's deputies collaborated with Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office to execute a search warrant which led to several charges for at least three individuals.

Steven Lee Anderson, 45, and Mary Jean Lawson, 37, both of 3225 500th St., in Webb, were arrested by Buena Vista County deputies and each charged with second degree attempted burglary, a class D felony, and one count of third degree burglary, also a class D felony.

Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow advised that his office also has charges pending against Andersen, Lawson, and one juvenile male for burglary and theft.

Mary Jean Lawson

Possible charges against a fourth individual are also pending as the investigation is ongoing.

The juvenile male, who will be charged in juvenile court, also faces felony drug charges after a large quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia were found during the execution of the search warrant.

On Tuesday, Buena Vista County Sheriff's deputies received a report of a burglary in progress at 4773 240th Ave. in Albert City. The owner of the property had returned home to find two subjects attempting to break into his residence. A burglary had been reported at the same residence two days prior.

The owner of the residence detained the two subjects until the sheriff's deputies arrived on scene. Both Anderson and Lawson were taken into custody and the investigation into the incident continued, leading to the arrest of the third suspect.

When the search warrant was executed, the Buena Vista and Clay County deputies located several stolen items from three separate reported burglaries in Buena Vista County as well as a burglary in Clay County. The items were seized.

Further charges are anticipated.

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  • Scary to come home and find someone breaking into your house. I wonder how he was able to detain them?

    -- Posted by joev on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 11:52 AM
  • I feel like I'm being redundant in my statements on these reports, but this last little while I have been quite shocked to see so many of my near and dear ones in articles like these, or in the sirens that we all of a sudden must flash all over the countryside and Web.

    It's not that I need to get better friends -- my friends who have faced criminal charges of late have been wonderful friends. And anyway, this is family.

    As always in these arrest reports, things are not always as they seem. Steve Andersen is my husband's cousin and has always been quite good and gracious to us. We've done laundry at his house when we were staying at what was his and my husband's grandparents' farm in Marathon, and have had numerous nights of spirited card games at his kitchen table. His mother, RoseBelle, RIP, would hold be chain smoking and keep everyone laughing, bring out some amazing desserts from the freezer, and a good family time was had by all.

    I have also met Steven's girlfriend Mary and she seemed like a sweet Southern girl. I do notice our other cousin, Steve's older brother was in town recently. I love him dearly, too, but this seems more like something he'd do than Steven.

    This is a good upstanding family in the area, and I just must believe that something is amiss. I wish the investigators well in their investigation and hope all comes out right in the name of justice.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 12:57 PM
  • RE: How he was able to detain them -- this is hearsay, but I think I was told that the address is the place where he works, so if he was recognized, he likely didn't see the point of running. However, I mean nothing in my words to indicate I know anything about it nor that I believe they are guilty, as I believe they are not and this is a misunderstanding of some nature.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 1:03 PM
  • Amy no disrespect but when a search warrant was served on their residence other stolen property was found. Even Jeffrey Dahmer's family and neighbors coulnd't believe he did what he did. Outstanding people sometimes have skeletons in their closet.

    -- Posted by joev on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 1:55 PM
  • I like to see the increase in actual crime reporting. It makes it seem like Spencer and the surrounding communities are airing out their closets a bit, and admitting that maybe things aren't as perfect as we like to pretend they are in this area. As long as it is even reporting, covering many arrests, and not just those who are deemed less important in the area, I'd sure like to see it continue.

    -- Posted by a-thought-or-two on Wed, Oct 24, 2012, at 11:11 AM
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