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Iowa wrestlers arrested, suspended on pending burglary charges

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MARION (KWWL) -

Three 19-year old University of Iowa Wrestlers are suspended indefinitely after police say they were doing more than pinning their opponents to the mat, they're allegedly behind a string of car burglaries in Marion..

UI freshmen Ross Lembeck, Seth Gross and Logan Ryan, all red-shirt wrestlers allegedly broke into several cars in Hunters Ridge area.

"We've taken about seven reports so far," said Lt. Scott Elam with Marion Police. "Some of the cars were parked inside a garage which would make it a burglary of the residence."

Police say at least seven car burglaries - all happening March 18 within a span of only a few hours.

Marion Police tell us Lembeck was driving a car, leaving the area, when police responded to a theft in progress call.

Once stopped them, Gross and Ryan were passengers and police found multiple items inside the car reported stolen - connected to seven burglaries in the area.

"There were numerous items taken and there are some items we recovered that were taken, but at this point we can't get into the specific items," said Lt. Elam.

Elam wouldn't list the specific items or the value of those items, but said the wrestlers could be behind more burglaries.

The three were arrested on alcohol-related charges, however the burglary charges are still pending.

Elam says Gross fought with officers, so he's is additionally charged with interference with official acts.

While the exact burglary charges against the wrestlers are still in the works, Lt. Elam says they could face several, including 2nd and 3rd Degree Burglary.

In a statement, UI wrestling coach Tom Brands says he's still looking into the incident.

“I am extremely disappointed with the decision-making of these three young men. I am currently gathering the facts and will use the UI's student code of conduct and our team rules as my starting points to address the situation," said Brands.

There is still no word on when the burglary charges against the wrestlers will be filed, because Lt. Elam says they are still investigating.

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