Burlington police chief nabs burglar hiding under his pool table

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Danield Lusk photo from Des Moines County Jail

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say Burlington’s police chief played an integral role in catching a burglar in his own home.

Chief Doug Beaird became aware of the alleged break-in at his rural Des Moines County home Monday afternoon, Oct. 24, when a neighbor called him about a man walking in the area, the Hawk Eye reports.

Court documents say Beaird drove home and discovered there was camper behind his house and that an unattached garage had been broken into. Beaird called sheriff’s deputies. Two investigators arrived at the scene, and the three men found Daniel Lusk, 25, hiding under a pool table in the basement.

Authorities say Lusk was arrested after a struggle. Beaird suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Lusk has been charged with multiple counts, including second-degree burglary. It wasn’t immediately clear if Lusk has an attorney.