One arrested, three others wanted in Council Bluffs car burglary ring

Posted at 1:21 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 14:21:03-05

Council Bluffs Police officials say that one person has been arrested and three others are wanted in a car burglary ring.

According to CBPD, from October 16th to October 23rd, 10  separate vehicles were burglarized in the area of Lake Manawa and Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs.

Officers and detectives of the Council Bluffs Police Department were able to develop information on a burglary ring that was responsible for the break-in’s and obtained arrest warrants for the suspects involved.

Authorities have arrested Travis Schmidt for robbery 1st Degree, theft 1st Degree, 8 counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, 2 counts of Credit Card Forgery and Ongoing Criminal Conduct.

The suspects who are wanted are identified as Katie Rief, Elizabeth Cozens and Jessica Fryrear.

Officials say one of the incidents happened on October 17th at the Council Bluffs Country Club, when an Omaha man witnessed a female breaking into his vehicle on the parking lot.

Officials said as the man approached the woman, she noticed him and got into a Green Jeep Compass driven by Schmidt and they fled the area.

The victim had jump out of the way of the oncoming Jeep to avoid being intentionally run over.

The Jeep Compass was later discovered to be stolen and has since been recovered.

Schmidt is currently in police custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail.

While Rief, Cozens and Fryrear are currently at large.

The public is encouraged to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at (712) 328-4721 or Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-7867.