Two charged for stealing thousands in electronics from school

Blake Tyler Cassatt (left), 24, and{ } Joel Thorn Welch (right), 28 (Photo: Mahaska County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say they’ve charged the men responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars of electronics from a southeast Iowa elementary.

On October 27, Fremont Elementary School officials reported that approximately $9,000 worth of electronic devices had been taken from the school. After a month-long investigation, the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office charged two Fremont men with the burglary.

Joel Thorn Welch, 28, and Blake Tyler Cassatt, 24, each face third-degree burglary and second-degree theft charges in connection with the incident. They also face possession of marijuana charges.

Welch was arrested at his residence on November 27, but Cassatt remains at large.