Two of a kind9/2/2015
New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was arrested on July 30 after being picked up for racing his Bentley and reaching speeds more than 140 mph. He was found with a gun and a 12-year-old in the car. Richardson, 24, was charged with resisting arrest, failing to display lighted lamps on motor vehicle, excessive speeding, failing to obey traffic control device and following too closely.
But bad driving isn’t just for football stars. Jamez Merrett, 23, was arrested on Aug. 20 for possession of a weapon as felon, failing to maintain safety belts, interference with official acts and trafficking in stolen weapons — among other charges. He was booked into the Polk County Jail, and his bond was set at $15,360.
This information was obtained from the Polk County Crime Stoppers website. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Des Moines Police Detective Bureau asks that anyone with information on the location or identity of this suspect call 515-283-4864 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.
The Johnston Police Department is still searching for a person in connection to a criminal investigation regarding a shoplifting at a Johnston Kum & Go on June 13. The male in the photo entered the convenience store at 6130 N.W. 86th St. at about 10:52 p.m. Before leaving, the suspect allegedly picked up two bottles of alcohol and exited the store without paying for them. Witnesses described him as being a Caucasian male in his late teens to early 20s with a medium build, light hair and wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. The suspect is believed to have left the scene in a black or dark-colored vehicle. The Johnston Police Department is attempting to identify the suspect so he can be questioned about the described activity. Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Steve Nore at 252-1365 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 223-1400.
Blotter — Des Moines
Watch out for cameras
An officer responded to Capitol Avenue at 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 24 for a reported burglary. The resident said she and her children left their home at about 6:30 a.m. and that she arrived home around 4 p.m. to find the double-hung window adjacent to the front door was open. The officer observed that the window appeared to have been pried or forced open, and the mini-blinds were pushed inward. The victim said all doors were locked prior to her leaving, and they were still secured when her daughter arrived home. She reported two laptops missing from the living room, her son’s Xbox 360 and an unknown amount of jewelry from her daughter’s room. The suspect is unknown, and there were no witnesses at the time of the report. The victim said she does have a surveillance camera above the front entry door, which the officer observed to be undamaged. The victim said she would need a computer to check the footage.
Listen to the dog
Officers were dispatched to East Grand Avenue on Aug. 24 after an attempted burglary was called in at 5:48 p.m. An officer spoke with the resident, who reported that she and her son were sleeping on the couch in the living room on the main floor when their dog started barking and “acting crazy.” She let the dog out the rear entry door and into the fenced backyard, and the dog continued to bark, focusing on the west side of the house. The victim said she went to work, but that her fiancé called her and said the screen to the west-facing window was opened about two feet. The victim told police that window is always closed, and that there was no entry made to the residence, but she wanted a report made anyway. The suspect is unknown, and there were no known witnesses. CV