SIOUX CITY | Two men charged in connection with a series of burglaries in Sioux City's Leeds neighborhood have pleaded not guilty.

Jeremy Mahaney, 19, of Sioux City, entered his written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court to two counts of second-degree burglary and single counts of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, second-degree theft and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Joseph Tapia, 18, of Sioux City, pleaded not guilty Aug. 10 to single counts of first-, second- and third-degree burglary, second-degree theft and attempted second-degree burglary.

Both are charged in connection with an Aug. 3 burglary at a home in the 4500 block of Perry Way. The homeowner confronted two intruders and fought with one of them before the suspects fled the house. A vehicle used in the burglary was located a short distance away, and stolen items were found in the grass next to it.

According to court documents, Mahaney took the keys to the vehicle from his mother, whose employer owned the vehicle.

During the investigation, police linked Mahaney, Tapia and Henry Deleon to other burglaries in the Leeds neighborhood.

Deleon, 17, of Sioux City, has yet to be arraigned on burglary and theft charges.

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