BREAKING: VC Man Arrested for Burglary, Stalking
A Valley City man was arrested after police, executing a search warrant, found items reported from the victim's home including intimated articles of clothing.
Corey, Mertz, 37, who lives at 240 Eighth Street, was arrested Friday Evening on multiple counts of burglary and stalking.
On July 29, a woman reported to the Valley City Police Department that she believed her home had been broken into. She told police that over the past two months, she noticed several items were missing from her home including feminine razors, a swimsuit bottom and other intimate clothing, according to VCPD Chief Fred Thompson.
The victim then left for vacation, but had her garage door secured with a board and screws. When she returned from vacation, she noticed that the garage door had been forced.
The victim had also set up a trail camera in an effort to catch someone trying to burglarize her home. On Thursday, the trail camera caught an image of a male attempting to open the garage door. Upon turning the trail camera over to the VCPD, the victim said she believed she could identify the suspect as a man who lived in the same area.
VCPD executed a search warrant at Mertz's home early Friday where officers found several items reported stolen by the victim in addition to numerous pieces of similar clothing that were identified as the victim's, according to Thompson.
Also taken during the search were computers and other electronic storage devices that will be analyzed for content.
Mertz was under constant surveillance during the service of the search warrant. He was later arrested after being stopped while driving around Valley City.
He is charged with two counts of burglary, a class C felony, and one count of stalking, a class A misdemeanor. Additional charges are expected, said Thompson.
This investigation is on-going and the VCPD is requesting that anyone with any information on this case contact (701) 845-3110.