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Man charged with burglarizing his grandparents' home

Anthony Fickel Schoneman Anthony Fickel Schoneman

Authorities say he stole over $10,000 in cash.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 5:34 PM

GARNER, Iowa – A Hancock County man is accused of stealing from his grandparent’s home.

Anthony James Fickel Schoneman, 22 of Garner, is charged with 2nd degree burglary, 1st degree theft, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance-1st offense.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says it was called to a home in the 3000 block of Oak Avenue on May 15, 2017, to investigate a burglary. A woman watching over the property called law enforcement when she noticed something wrong at the home.

Deputies say over $10,000 in cash, collector coins, a firearm, ammunition, and prescription pills were taken. Investigators say the burglar obviously knew where items were located inside the home, such as money that was hidden in a bag of clothes.

The Sheriff’s Office says Anthony Fickel Schoneman learned his grandparents were going to be out of town to attend a graduation in Texas, then did not show up for dinner with his family on May 14, 2017. Authorities say Fickel Schoneman was found walking home by his father on the morning of May 15.

The criminal complaint also states that Fickel Schoneman was seen on May 16 or 17 cashing a large jug of coins that had been stolen from his grandparent’s home. Authorities say Fickel Schoneman said he and a friend had been collecting the coins, something the friend disputed.

The Sheriff’s Office also says a search of Fickel Schoneman’s phone found he searched a pill identifier website on the night of the crime. Oxycontin and hydrocodone had been taken during the burglary and Fickel Schoneman’s father says he found a pill of “Oxy” on the couch.

A criminal complaint was filed against Anthony Fickel Schoneman on March 24 and he was arrested on March 27.

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