Newton man charged in Muscatine burglary

A Newton man has been charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a September burglary in Muscatine.

Paul Bell, 45, of Davenport is alleged to have broken into the home of Robert and Ruth Adams on Sept. 23 and stole $160 in cash, debit cards and a .22 caliber handgun. The couple was asleep at the time of the burglary.

Newton police arrested Bell on a Muscatine County warrant for second-degree burglary after stopping him at 8:02 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of East 12th Street North for having an inoperable third brake light. Bell was cited for no insurance, given a warning for the brake light and taken to the Jasper County Jail to await transport to Muscatine. 

Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony. As of press time, Bell remained in the Muscatine County Jail on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday.