Two individuals are in jail after an alleged burglary attempt left one of them locked in a storage locker for several hours.
Sergeant Justin Rice told Ottumwa Radio News the incident occurred early Monday morning. According to court records, 41-year-old Chastity Maldonado (left in image) of Keosauqua and 22-year-old Tory Williams of Ottumwa admitted to cutting a lock and entering a storage locker on Albia Road in Ottumwa.
While Maldonado was inside looking through the storage unit, Rice says the owner of the storage locker confronted Williams, who ran away. The owner gave chase but was unable to locate Williams. Police were able to eventually track down Williams and he was placed under arrest. Court records say officers found marijuana on Williams when he was apprehended.
According to the criminal complaint, the owner returned to the storage locker and locked it, unknowingly trapping Maldonado in the unit.
Several hours later, police arrived at the storage locker. When authorities opened the unit, Maldonado was discovered inside. She was placed under arrest. Methamphetamine was found in her possession as well, according to court records.
Both Maldonado and Williams have been charged with 3rd-degree Burglary (Class D felony), Possession of Burglary Tools (aggravated misdemeanor), and 5th-degree Criminal Mischief (simple misdemeanor).
Additionally, Maldonado has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). Williams has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana).
The pair are currently in the Wapello County Jail on a $5,000 bond.