Stolen items dumped in frozen river near Agency
ELDON — The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office recovered stolen items Monday that were dumped into the frozen Des Moines River beneath Cliffland Bridge southwest of Agency.
Authorities determined the items were from a Christmas Day home burglary in Eldon. Ottumwa firefighters Derrick Fye and Jeff Box assisted the sheriff’s office in recovering the belongings from the frozen river.
“We got a lead on the suspects, issued search warrants and were directed to the bridge where some of the stolen property had been dumped,” said Wapello County Sheriff Mark Miller. “Some items were on top of the ice, some could be seen in the ice. Monday was very cold. The firefighters dressed in cold weather gear and were tied together to go out on the ice. They used pick-axes to chop out items visible in the ice.”
Items recovered were originally reported stolen Dec. 25 by a homeowner upon returning home and discovering the residence had been burglarized, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Deputies initiated an investigation and recovered other stolen property associated with the case.
Two Eldon juveniles, Jacob Duffy, 17, and Levi Rupe, 17, have been charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, in connection to this case, said Miller. Dustin Howard, 16, also of Eldon, has been charged with accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor.
“We haven’t recovered the cash stolen,” said Miller. “No one was home at the time of the burglary.”
Criminal charges are an accusation; defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.