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Man says he went to business seeking loan to buy more alcohol at 4 a.m.

June 13, 2014

By Andy Hoffman, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa



June 13--Burlington police said alcohol may have been the reason a man broke into a payday loan business early Thursday.

Daniel Joseph Fritzjunker of Mount Pleasant appeared Thursday in Des Moines County Associate Court, where he was charged with burglarizing Hometown Cash Advance, 2830 Mount Pleasant St.

According to police reports, Fritzjunker told detectives he went to Hometown Cash Advance about 4 a.m. Thursday with the "intention of applying for a loan."

Fritzjunker said when he realized the business was closed, he broke into the building to get money for "more booze," according to documents filed Thursday in Des Moines County District Court.

However, Fritzjunker told police he didn't get any money from the business because the audible alarm that sounded when he tried to enter the building frightened him.

Burlington police responding to the alarm found the front glass door of the business shattered, but nobody in the area.

A short time later, employees at McDonald's, 1725 N. Roosevelt Ave., called dispatchers about an apparently intoxicated man inside the restaurant. He had multiple lacerations and torn clothing.

Officers responded and took Fritzjunker to the police department for questioning.

"Fritzjunker admitted to officers that he was at Hometown Cash Advance prior to going to McDonald's," court records indicate.

Officers collected samples of blood found at the scene and blood taken from Fritzjunker's clothing for analysis. Detectives also recovered several pieces of broken glass in Fritzjunker's shoes.

"The glass, shoes and glass from the scene were collected for analysis as well," court records indicate.

District Associate Judge Mark Kruse set Fritzjunker's bond at $5,000. He also appointed the public defender's office to represent him. Kruse ordered Fritzjunker to next appear in court at 2 p.m.June 23.

If convicted of the Class D felony, he faces up to five years in prison.

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