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Cops nab 'permanent marker' burglary suspects

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Burglary Arrests Iowa 102809
Joey Lee Miller, 20, above, and Matthew Allan McNelly were arrested Oct. 23 after Carroll police received a call saying two men with painted faces were attempting to break into an apartment. (AP Photo/Carroll Police Department)

CARROLL, Iowa -- Police had no trouble identifying two men accused of trying to break into a Carroll apartment.

Police were responding to a call about an attempted burglary when they pulled over a car matching the alleged suspects' vehicle. Inside the car, officers found two men with their faces blackened with permanent marker.

Police said the caller described two men with painted faces attempting to break into an apartment Friday night before driving off.

Matthew McNelly, 23, and Joey Miller, 20, were arrested at gunpoint after officers were told they might be armed. Neither man had a weapon.

McNelly and Miller were each charged with attempted second-degree burglary. Both men were released after posting bond.

Attorneys for the men declined comment Tuesday.


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