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Des Moines Police — Aug. 20-26
Aug. 20, 4:02 p.m.
Robbery in the 3800 block of
Merle Hay Road. The teller of
West Bank, located at 3839 Merle
Hay Road, was working the teller
counter when a black male about
5 feet 7 inches and 160 pounds
walked in and presented a bag
and asked for change to be made.
The teller looked in the bag at
which time the suspect stated,
“Give me all the money.” The teller
proceeded to fill the bag from
the drawer. Once the bag was full,
the suspect excited the bank and
walked north. The teller did not
see a weapon, however the suspect
kept a hand in his pocket like
he had a weapon. A witness saw
the suspect leave the bank, head
north and then head east. The
suspect was wearing a bandage
on his left cheek, a white baseball
shirt and a dark ball cap. An
unknown amount of money was taken.
Aug. 22, 6 p.m.
Burglary in the 1500 block of
Evergreen Circle. The victim left
his apartment around 6 a.m. and
was sure the door was locked.
All of the entertainment center
cabinets were open as well as
dresser drawers. Multiple items
including cash, a 32 inch LCD
TV, a stereo system and a keyboard
were taken. The victim believes
an acquaintance, which he invited
to his apartment to help program
the TV, may have taken his new
things. The victim stated that
the suspect made multiple comments
on how nice the TV was, which
led him to believe he would be
the only one who knew about the
property. More than $2,700 in
cash and merchandise was taken.
Aug. 26, 5 a.m.
Attempted burglary in the 4300
block of Merle Hay Road. Officers
were tripped by an alarm at Famous
Dave’s Bar-B-Que. When they arrived
officers noticed the north front
door had been broken. The inner
door glass was also smashed. The
manager arrived and surveyed the
restaurant for missing items.
Nothing was taken, but the would-be
burglar tried to get into the
safe but was unable to. There
are no suspects at this time.
The story: While on routine patrol,
officers checked a vehicle that
was parked near the U.S. Bank
at 36th and Ingersoll Avenue.
While they were there, the officers
observed two suspects — one male,
one female — exit a vehicle in
the Walgreen’s parking lot next
to the bank. As officers drove
through the bank parking lot,
they observed Meisters running
around the east side of the building.
The officers pulled onto Ingersoll
Avenue, couldn’t see the female
but saw Meisters running north.
Officers drove to Woodland Avenue
but couldn’t see Meisters, so
they began checking neighboring
backyards. After searching, Meisters
was found in a shed. He was hiding
behind a mattress and had thrown
a bag of marijuana on the floor.
While searching his vehicle, officers
found scanners, burglary tools,
a large amount of cash, two small
bags of methamphetamines and paraphernalia.
Meisters was charged with trespassing
and possession of Schedule 1 and
Schedule 2 narcotics.
The following item is from a
recent ruling made by the Iowa
Court of Appeals regarding the
case of the State of Iowa vs.
Phillip Earl Lee.
“Several thefts were committed
in the early morning hours of
July 19, 2005. Evidence and various
citizen reports led police to
a home in Centerville. Inside
the home, police found Scott Wilkins
and his girlfriend. Wilkins is
Lee’s cousin. They also found
several items that had been reported
stolen. Police took Wilkins and
his girlfriend to the police station
“Meanwhile, an employee at Mercy
Life and Fitness called to report
a man acting intoxicated or disoriented
at the facility. He pulled a walkie-talkie
and cell phone out of his pocket
and asked to use the telephone.
He made a phone call, then left.
Forty-five minutes later, he came
back to the facility and emptied
a black bag into a trash bin.
They included a radio, a walkie-talkie,
a set of keys, a necklace, and
a broken lock. The man was later
identified in a photo lineup as
Lee. The items he dumped in the
trash bin were identified as stolen
in the same set of thefts as the
items found with Wilkins. Back
at the station, Wilkins asked
to use a telephone located at
the station’s front desk to make
telephone calls. Unbeknownst to
him, the telephone line was always
recorded. Lee called Wilkins on
that line. In the recording of
the call, the two men can be heard
discussing the details of the
explanation they planned to give
police concerning the stolen items.
“The State alleged Lee and Wilkins
were co-conspirators in the thefts
and charged them as co-defendants.
Wilkins, however, fled and could
not be located for trial. Prior
to trial, Lee filed a motion to
exclude ‘certain audiotapes of
telephone conversations of which
the State was not a party’ which
‘involve telephone calls made
on a telephone line made available
to Scott Wilkins by law enforcement
officers.’ The district court
ruled the conversation between
Wilkins and Lee would be admitted.
We conclude the record here is
inadequate to address Lee’s claims.
Because Lee makes no other challenge
to his conviction, we affirm and
preserve his ineffective assistance
claim for possible post conviction
Name: Roeles Ortiz
Weight: 190 lbs.
Wanted for: Parole violation
in reference to original charges
of conspiracy to distribute cocaine,
methamphetamines and marijuana.
If you know where to find this
fugitive, call Crime Stoppers
114,700 : The estimated Latino
population in Iowa, making them
the state’s largest ethnic minority
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