Eight people are facing charges connected to a string of recent burglaries in rural Black Hawk County.

According to sheriff's officials, the investigation into numerous reports residential break-ins and attempted break-ins began in February. The crimes also involved municipalities throughout the county, authorities said.

"The victimization was not isolated to rural residences with these folks and unfortunately, we lost landmark businesses thanks to their idiocy," Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said in a press release. "They will have a lot of time to contemplate the error of their ways. I am very proud of every officer and every agency involved in bringing these indviduals to justice. In that vein, there a still a few we are looking for (active warrants issued) and still could use the public's help to render the final arrests in these cases."

The suspects (pictured below) arrested include:

  • Kevin Cruz Soliveras, 29, of Evansdale - charged with second-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree burglary. Cruz is also facing charges connected to a Feb. 4 fire at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, a March 6 fire at the Wishbone Restaurant and Bar in Waterloo, and the botched attempted robbery of an armored vehicle March 11 outside a Waterloo bank.
  • Hasan Husic, 26, Waterloo - charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, first-degree theft, burglary to motor vehicle, second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree attempt burglary, third-degree criminal mischief.
  • Jose Rubio, 27, Waterloo - active warrants issued for charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree burglary, charges pending for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
  • Robert Connally, 33, Waverly - charged with second-degree burglary
  • Kevin Pals, 28, Waterloo - charged with three counts of forgery and one count of third-degree theft.
  • Christopher Tyson, 30, Waterloo - active warrants issued for charge of forgery.
  • Heidi Zuck, 35, Waterloo - active warrants issued for charge of credit card fraud
  • Alysa Johnson, 28, Independence - charged with forgery and possession of methamphetamine.

Thompson credited the mutual cooperation between multiple agencies, which assisted in the investigation.

"The partnerships we share with other investigating agencies and our officers' desire to make these people answer for victimizing our citizens is what made this possible," the sheriff said. "This was hard core police work and dedicated investigating throughout."

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