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two of a kind-swope“Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans, 23, was arrested earlier this year in South Carolina for driving without a license. She was pulled over by highway patrol, booked around 2 p.m. and held on a small bond of $237.50. She was released about two hours later.SPL960954_001

Unlawful driving doesn’t stop with reality TV stars, though. Brianne Swope, 24, was arrested on Oct. 19 at 2:22 a.m. and charged with driving while barred – habitual offender. Her price was a bit higher than Evans’, as Swope’s bond was set at $2,000.

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.

crimestopper 11-5Urbandale police are asking for help in identifying two men wanted in a theft case. The men were caught on a Hy-Vee store surveillance camera. Police said the case involves more than $1,200 in stolen merchandise from the Urbandale store at 8701 Douglas Ave. The photos show two Caucasian males pushing shopping carts full of items out of the store, and a third photo showed a dark-colored SUV in the parking lot. Both carts appeared to hold boxes of appliances topped with packages of toilet paper. Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 223-1400. Callers may remain anonymous, and a reward of up to $500 may be given if a tip leads to an arrest.

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A fiery love
Police were called to at a Des Moines residence on Oct. 27 to assist the Des Moines Fire Department with a vehicle fire. The suspect, still on the scene as police and the fire department arrived, had told authorities that he had set his ex-girlfriend’s car on fire using rubbing alcohol in an attempt to get back at her for cheating on him before their recent breakup. The suspect was taken into custody and eventually charged with second-degree arson and violation of a no-contact order that was put into place by his ex a few days earlier. Her 2002 Chevrolet Malibu was purchased for $800, but it now has fire damage.

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Blunt end to a joy ride
While on routine patrol, a police officer came across a car driving through Des Moines on Oct. 26. The car was registered to a woman with a warrant out for her arrest, and the woman driving fit the description of the registered owner, so the officer initiated a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, who identified herself as the registered owner, the officer detected a strong smell of marijuana, which he thought might have been coming from the car. The woman admitted to recently smoking marijuana in her car and eventually admitted to having a blunt in her pants.

Just passing through
On Oct. 25, officers were called to a warehouse on Euclid Avenue for a commercial alarm. Police entered the main office building, where three locks had been cut and doors left open, but they didn’t find anyone inside. The officers then found two trailers that had locks cut as well, but also no one was inside. Officers then heard talking in a third trailer. With the locks being cut off again, they ordered the suspect out of the trailer with their guns drawn. When exiting the trailer, the suspect told officers he was the one who had called about the break-in. The suspect explained that he was passing through Des Moines on a trip from Minnesota to Colorado and that he stopped by the warehouse because the owner was a business partner, and he had heard that bad stuff was happening at the warehouse. He then changed his story, saying he was driving through Des Moines and was tired after visiting a haunted house, so he was going to sleep in the parking lot. He said he was awoken by voices, which he thought to be evidence of human trafficking, so he proceeded to go through the warehouse looking for evidence. The suspect was later charged with four counts of burglary, both building and vehicle. CV

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