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Austin man pleads guilty in NE Iowa burglary

Dustin Cummings

Prosecution was delayed while he was imprisoned in Wisconsin.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 3:19 PM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 3:19 PM

CRESCO, Iowa – An Austin man is pleading guilty to a 2014 break in in Howard County.

40-year-old Dustin Palfrey Cummings was accused of burglarizing the Prairie’s Edge Nature Center in June 2014. A witness says he loaded computers stolen from the Nature Center into her truck. Other witnesses reported seeing Cummings in the area and that he was seen carrying a bag of tools that could have been used in the crime. Law enforcement also says Cummings had a 22. caliber rifle in possession at the time, even though he has a previous felony conviction.

Prosecution was delayed because Cummings was convicted of similar crimes in Wisconsin in August 2014. He was released from Wisconsin prison in June 2017.

Cummings has entered a guilty plea to attempted 3rd degree burglary.

No sentencing date has been set.

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