Operator: 911 . . .
Caller: Uh, I don't know if we're
calling the right number or not,
we're having a garage sale and
a lady tried to steal our money
and now she's trying to get out
of here, but we got her keys...
Is that important enough?
O: Where's that at?
C: Northwest 75th Place.
O: OK. And you got her stopped
C: Yeah, I got her keys.
O: And she didn't display any
weapons or anything, did she?
C: No, she was trying to get out
of here and we've been looking
and looking and we loaded her
car with furniture and my wife
got her purse and opened her purse
and it was right there in her
C: [to someone at the scene] You
know, that's pretty low, man.
O: OK, we'll get an officer right
C: Thank you.
Officer's Report: Upon arrival,
I was approached by Chad, who
stated a female subject, Sandra,
had taken a brown bag containing
their garage sale money. Chad
had the car keys belonging to
the offender, keeping her from
leaving, which he gave to me.
Apparently, while at the sale
Sandra asked Heather if she could
use her phone and, upon return,
Sandra paid for items purchased.
Heather asked Chad to assist in
loading these items. Heather then
noticed that their money bag was
missing, right after Sandra had
been near it. Heather and Chad
confronted Sandra, who was in
a real hurry to leave. They approached
Sandra while she was in her vehicle
and found the money bag in Sandra's
purse, so Heather grabbed it from
her. The victims believe Sandra
bought the items using money she
had taken from them moments earlier.
I arrested Sandra and asked why
she had the money bag. She replied
that someone must have put it
Operator: 911 . . .
Caller: Hey, it's Des Moines [police].
Send somebody to Mercy on a stabbing
report. It happened up on Broadway...
somewhere up in the county, so
I'm supposed to get a representative
from the county.
O: They still alive?
C: Yeah. Yeah, he's not critical.
O: What room?
C: Um, he's the one in the ER
bleeding. I don't know what room.
O: OK, just wondering because
there's like 40 down there. We'll
get somebody out there.
Officer's Report: I met with
Daniel, who had been stabbed twice
in the left side. He said he had
left the 500 block of N.E. Broadway
and a blue Dodge Intrepid driven
by Nolan pulled off the road in
front of him and Nolan got out
and told him, "Give me all
your shit." Daniel said Nolan
grabbed a gold necklace he had
around his neck and pulled it
off, so Daniel punched him and
knocked him down. He said Nolan
dropped the necklace, stood back
up and pulled out a pocket knife
and stabbed him twice, then got
in his car and left. Daniel said
he also saw a 9mm-type handgun
laying on the car seat. Daniel
said he didn't want to press charges.
Operating his business out of
the same building that housed
a recycling center, Ricky Colbert
defrauded his industrial neighbor
to make his world a little greener.
Silver Crest Recycling Center,
the Des Moines resident knew,
held a contract with the Dr. Pepper/7-Up
Bottling Group to crush their
redeemed cans, sell them as scrap
and pay them a portion of the
profit. And Colbert, along with
co-conspirator Clay Rodgers, decided
to take a bite out of the profit
chain by taking bags of the already-redeemed,
but still-intact cans back to
Patterson Redemption Center and
cash them in a second time. But
the scheme went sour when a Bottling
Group employee spied the duo and
led the police to tag more than
1,000 bags with a UV marker. Once
that tainted merchandise appeared
at the redemption center a suspicious
second time, Colbert and Rodgers
Colbert admitted to fraudulent
practices in the first degree
and based on receipts from late
May to early August 2003, officials
estimated the two were raking
in approximately $5,000 per month.
Given their suspicion that the
scheme lasted nearly two years,
the state alleged the two had
cashed in on more than $100,000
in illicit profit. According to
the bottling company, their redemption
rates went up more than 2 percent
over that period and incurred
more than $94,000 in undue redemption
costs thanks to the double-dealing
of Colbert and Rodgers. Based
on that information, the uncanny
criminals' joint restitution was
set at $92,891.
But, Colbert wasn't ready to
trash his case just yet and, like
the defendant, the Appeals Court
was impressed with the district's
reasoning. "We note with
skepticism the quality of proof
from which we are asked to infer
a causal connection between the
restitution ordered by the district
court and the criminal acts committed
by Colbert," the appeals
judges noted incredulously. For
instance, if that 2.3 percent
increase in redemption was a city-wide
statistic, the judges wondered,
how could the district court solely
attribute that rise to Colbert's
illegal scheme? And, just because
he purportedly swindled $5,000
per month during the period tracked
by the police, the judges questioned,
who's to say that held true for
the entire 20 months he was alleged
to have cheated? Not to mention,
without significant evidence,
even the charge that it lasted
20 months was tenuous, they pointed
"We are therefore extremely
reluctant to uphold the full amount
of restitution ordered by the
district court when to do so would
require us to bridge these wide
gulfs in the evidence with less
than reasonable inferences,"
they ruled. So to bridge the gap
between shaky reasoning and questionable
math, the judges reversed and
remanded the case back to Polk
County this month for a more fact-based
Landlord: Florencio and Paula
Address: 1172 19th St.
Violations: Siding, soffit and
trim in poor repair with chipped
and peeling paint
Action: After several renovation
extensions had come and gone,
the Housing Appeals Board voted
to send the property to legal
without a penalty fine.
SUCKS TO BE YOU
Name: Marco Rios
Place of Incident: Downtown Des
Posed for this picture because:
Rios was spotted by an Operation
Downtown security officer last
week, allegedly kicking back in
the Fourth and Walnut bus shelter
smoking marijuana. After being
confronted, Rios allegedly put
the marijuana in a potato chip
bag, and tried to run, striking
the officer in the head with his
elbow. To prevent his escape,
the security officer "grabbed
him by the waist and threw him
on the ground" before he
was taken to Polk County Jail
on charges of possession of narcotics
and assault with injury.
According to the City of Des
Moines' Sept.ember report, the
following individuals and organizations
owe the city reimbursements for
services rendered by the Des Moines
Police Department. All fees were
due Aug. 23.
- The Des Moines Arts Festival,
which took place June 24-26, owes
the city $12,509.92.
- Ann Marie Brick and the "Dam
to Dam" race, which took
place on June 4, owe the city
- The Des Moines Symphony, which
hosted Yankee Doodle Pops concert
on July 1, owes the city $1,352,89.
- The Capital City Pride parade,
which took place on June 12, owes
the city $38.55.
ON THE CLOCK
Des Moines Police - Sept. 8
2:33 p.m. Assault at Harding
Middle School involving a student
with a history of assault starting
a fight with another student,
punching the victim in the mouth
and employing another student
to hold the victim from behind
while he punched him in the chest
and back of the head. Both students
3:15 p.m. Burglary in the 4000
block of N. Union, involving a
victim alerted by his bank that
there had been suspicious transactions
on his debit card, the subsequent
discovery of his billfold missing
from a shelf just inside his front
door, and reports from neighbors
that they had observed a suspicious
male in his late teens ringing
doorbells in the area.
3:30 p.m. Burglary in the 2600
block of E. 37th, involving a
woman who broke up with an ex-boyfriend
in July, moved in with a friend,
and left her household possessions
in the garage before a witness
(who dated the suspect 10 years
ago) observed that ex-boyfriend
loading the items into a pick-up
truck last week.
4:20 p.m. Domestic assault on
S.E. 14th involving a truant Lincoln
High School student allegedly
open-hand slapping and then repeatedly
punching her mother in the parking
lot of their residence, before
being "openly belligerent"
to police during arrest.
4:22 p.m. Burglary in the 3200
block of Indianola Avenue, involving
a front door to an apartment pried
open, and the theft of various
gold bracelets and rings, a camera
and video camera.
4:35 p.m. Burglary in the 2800
block of Capitol, involving a
back door and rear window pried
open and the theft of gold and
diamond jewelry, five cameras,
a DVD player and unknown number
5:18 p.m. Assault with injury
in the 3800 block of 48th Place,
involving a resident getting angry
at a staff member over her house
chores, and punching her several
times in response, despite previous
warnings about assault.
5:30 p.m. Burglary in the 2800
block of Maple, involving a front
door pried open, the house ransacked,
but nothing identified as missing.
ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVERS
Name: Erin Marie Eckel
Arrested: Sept. 5
Name: John Thomas Adamson
Arrested: Sept. 5
Name: Moises Baltazar
Arrested: Sept. 5
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