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Homeless man accused of theft, burglary and eluding police

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Police say a homeless man led them on a vehicle and foot chase following several burglaries in Burlington, Iowa.

Kevin Ray Edler Jr., 33, allegedly forced his way into El Taco Casa at 2415 Mt. Pleasant Street during the early-morning hours Thursday, July 12, 2012.  Police say Edler left in a vehicle that had been stolen from J.D. Electric, 715 Valley Street, two days before.

Police say they spotted Edler in the stolen vehicle just after 10:30 p.m. July 12.  He allegedly tried to elude officers, eventually stopping in the 400 block of South Plane Street where he reportedly fled on foot.  He was caught and arrested in the 400 block of South Leebrick Street.

“Numerous burglaries were reported in the Burlington and West Burlington area overnight of July 11thand July 12th. The investigation into these burglaries is ongoing to determined Edler’s involvement with those burglaries also,” said Burlington Interim Police Chief L. Douglas Beaird. 

Edler was charged with second-degree theft, third-degree burglary, eluding and driving under suspension.  Police say he was on probation for burglary at the time of his arrest. 

Edler was held in the Des Moines County Jail. 

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