ISU police charge Waterloo man with burglary

Daily Staff

The Iowa State University police department charged James Jack Cowan, 46, with a series of burglary charges Friday, July 13.

Police charged the Waterloo, Iowa native with two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and one count of second-degree mischief. According to a news release from the police division of the ISU Department of Public Safety, the charges come on the heels of an investigation involving a series of burglaries that occurred in various university buildings from July 2011 through March 2012.

The release stated that a man matching Cowan’s description was seen in various buildings roaming and checking the doors. In a case dated March 12, ISU Police were able to collect DNA evidence that linked Cowan to the incident. After an interview dated June 28, police said Cowan was linked to 38 reported burglaries on campus.

Second-degree burglary is a class “C” felony carrying a sentence of a maximum ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Third-degree burglary and second-degree mischief are both class “D” felonies, with burglary carrying a sentence of five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.