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Several central Iowa police departments have requested information from the public to help solve local crimes. Click on a link below to see current requests. 

Ankeny's Most Wanted  |  Des Moines - Metros Most Wanted  |  Johnston - I.D.ME  |  Urbandale - Who's This  |  Waukee Crime Stoppers  |  West Des Moines - Information and Tips 

Additionally, some unsolved cases in Polk County and surrounding communities are listed below:


9/4/2014 - Git N Go Convenience Store RobberyARRESTED
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The Des Moines Police Department is asking for help from the public identifying a robbery suspect.

On Sunday August 31st at 10:36 PM a white male suspect entered the Git no Go convenience store at 3000 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines.  He had a blue t-shirt partially pulled up over his head.  The suspect demanded money from the employee and instructed her to go into the bathroom.  The employee complied and came out a short time later then notified the police.  No weapon was seen or mentioned.

The suspect is described as approximately 5-5 and 160 pounds.  He was wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt and had red hair on the sides but may have been bald on top.  It is believed he may usual customer to this business.

Anyone with information on the location or identity of this suspect is asked to contact DMPD Detective Entrekin at 515-237-1411 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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8/12/2014 - Urbandale Police seek leads in bar shooting

Urbandale police are still investigating a weekend shooting at a bar that left three people injured, but have not identified any suspects. Officers responded to Euro Bar, 7625 Hickman Road, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. They found a 22-yearold man with a gunshot wound to his wrist and a 21-year-old man who had been shot in the foot, police said. A third victim, a 20year-old woman, later went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her thigh stemming from the same incident, officials said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the parking lot after bar staff removed several people involved in a confrontation inside.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information can call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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7/10/2014 - Sexual Assault of a 4 Year Old

The Des Moines Police Department is investigating the sexual assault of a 4 yr old that occurred on July 9th 2014 at approximately 11:30 am.  The assault happened near 5528 Meredith Dr. in Des Moines.  The male suspect led the victim to a tree line behind some garages where the assault took place.  The victim ran home shortly after and reported the incident to her mother who called the police. The victim was not physically harmed and was only able to provide a limited description of the suspect—an adult size black male wearing a white shirt and green and black shorts.  Des Moines Police Detectives are diligently investigating this case working to identify the suspect.

Anyone who may have seen an individual wearing similar clothes in the area of the apartments at 5528 Meredith or 5423 Aurora is asked to contact Des Moines Detective Kelly at 515-283-1589 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

The Des Moines Police Department would also like to emphasize the importance of proper and constant supervision of young children.  We would also like to remind parents and families that it is appropriate to remind children frequently about “stranger danger” and the importance of not talking with strangers or going places with them.

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7/2/2014 - Hy-Vee RobberyIN CUSTODY
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The Des Moines Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a robbery suspect.  On Wednesday July 2nd at 10:54 pm the Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits at 3424 ML King Pkwy called reporting a robbery.  A white male suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash which was placed in a paper bag.  The suspect left the area on foot.  He is described as 5-7 and approximately 160 lbs.  He was wearing a black jacket with a yellow stripe down the sleeve and a stocking hat.  He also had a full beard.Anyone with information on the identity or location of this individual is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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6/30/2014 - Jewelry Theft Suspect
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The Urbandale police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a suspect in a jewelry theft that occurred on June 19th, 2014. The suspect attempted to sell the stolen jewelry at local pawn shops and jewelry stores. If you know the identity of the subject in the photo, please contact Urbandale Criminal Investigation Division at 515-331-6803 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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6/27/2014 - Chemical Attack on Altoona dog

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is offering a $500 reward for information regarding the parties involved in the attack on an Altoona family`s pet dog.
Last week, someone poured some type of chemical, possibly acid, on Boomer`s back.

If you have information please contact the Animal Rescue League of Iowa  or the Polk County Sheriff`s office.

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6/25/2014 - Robbery and Burglary
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The Des Moines Police Department is seeking help from the public locating a
robbery and burglary suspect.

On Monday June 23rd to a shooting at 1620 Hickman Rd. in Des Moines. The investigation indicated two suspects forced their way into this residence and demanded money.
Upon leaving the residence the suspects then approached two victims outside making the same demands. During this second encounter shots were exchanged resulting in the victim and one suspect both being struck by gunfire. The injured suspect, Tyree Young was initially taken to the hospital and charged with 1st Degree Robbery and 1st  Degree Burglary upon his release.

Mr. Young’s accomplice was later identified as Fermani Jose Maldonado who is a 16 yr old male. Des Moines Police Detectives have been unsuccessful in their attempts to locate Mr. Maldonado and have 1st burglary charges for him as well. In addition, Mr. Maldonado currently has 2 warrants for his arrest for escape from the Boys Training School in Eldora as well as assault and burglary from the Juvenile Court in Des Moines.

Anyone with information on Fermani Maldonado’s location is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Communications Center at 515-283-4811, The Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400. Crime stoppers can also be contacted through their website at http://www.polkcountycrimestoppers.org/

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5/29/2014 - Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility - Jessie Hickman Smith
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The following offender has escaped from a residential work release facility.  The offender was transferred to this facility after being granted a work release by the Iowa Board of Parole.  Work Release is a minimum security setting which allows offenders an opportunity to gradually adjust to the transition between prison and the community.

NAME: Jessie Hickman Smith  

AGE: 24  SEX: Male  

FACILITY: Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility 

OFFENSE: Robbery Second Degree 

SENTENCE: 10 Years 

COUNTY OF COMMITTMENT: Polk

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 
RACE: African American
HAIR: Black
EYES: Brown
HEIGHT: 5’9”
WEIGHT: 174 Lbs.

PHYSICAL IDENTIFIERS: Tattoos: Left Forearm, Right Forearm

DATE OF ESCAPE: May 26, 2014

COMMENTS: Smith was placed on escape status after failing to return to the facility from employment. Smith was transferred to work release on March 20, 2014. This sentence began on May 1, 2007. Information as to Smith’s whereabouts should be reported to the Des Moines Police Department or Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

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5/14/2014 - Abandoned Dog
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The Des Moines Police Department is seeking help from the public identifying suspects involved in dog abandonment.

 

On March 21st 2014 an Animal Control Officer was sent to the Sunburst Apartments at 5015 SW 9th street on an abandoned dog.  Upon their arrival, they were shown a small mixed-breed dog that had been left in the hallway.  The dog was described as a “young, skinny and scared dog” but she was unharmed and healthy.

 

Surveillance photos were later retrieved showing what appears to be 2 Hispanic female suspects and the vehicle they were driving. 

 

Anyone with information on the identity or location of these suspects is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Animal Control Shelter at 515-284-6905 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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4/28/2014 - Sears store

The Des Moines Police Department is asking for help from the public identifying a Theft 3rd/Assault suspect.
 
At approximately 8:15 pm on April 26th a black male suspect entered the Sears store in Southridge Mall asking for $850 worth of electronics. He was given the items which were placed in a shopping basket inside a shopping cart. The suspect walked around the store for a short time after taking control of these items eventually running out the door without paying for them. He attempted to get into a car he had left running nearby. A Sears employee followed the suspect and was assaulted as he tried to prevent the loss of the items. The suspect then fled on foot leaving the car which had previously been reported stolen.
 
The suspect is described as being in his last 20’s to early 30’s, 6’ 3” tall and 215 lbs. He can be seen wearing a blue shirt and ball cap. 
 
Anyone with information on the identity or location of this suspect is asked to contact Det. Dave Smith at 515-237-1466 or The Polk County Crimes Stoppers at 515-223-1400. Tips submitted through Crime Stoppers can be done anonymously.


UPDATE 01 May 2014:
 
The suspect in this investigation has been identified as 31 yr old Andrew Allen Bolden.
 
Des Moines Police Detectives received anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers in addition to another tip on our Facebook page. With this information warrants were requested, and received, for Mr. Bolden charging him with 2nd Degree Robbery (for his actions at Sears) and 2nd
 Degree Theft for having control of the stolen car.
 
Mr. Boldens location at this time is unknown but he is believed to be in Des Moines.

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4/7/2014 - Walgreen Robbery April 2014

The Des Moines Police is seeking help from the public identifying a robbery suspect.  On April 7th at 12:15 am, a white male suspect entered the Walgreens at 2545 E. Euclid.He approached the pharmacist and demanded prescription medications.  The pharmacist complied and the suspect left without further incident.  No weapon was displayed.The suspect is described as appx 5’ 9” and 200 lbs.  He was wearing a dark Carhartt type coat with a black stocking cap and had some facial hair. 

 

Anyone with information on the location or identity if this suspect is asked to call the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4864 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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3/31/2014 - Younkers Fire

The Des Moines Police Department, working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is seeking help from the public obtaining video and photos of the fire that destroyed the Younkers Building on Saturday March 29th 2014.

The initial call regarding the fire came in to the Des Moines Police Communications Center at 12:51 am on the 29th.   If anyone has photos or video of the Younkers Building at 701 Walnut just before or after that time they are asked to send them to Des Moines Police Detective Jack Kamerick at jdkamerick@dmgov.org who can also be contacted at 515-237-1495 with information or tips. 

Anonymous tips may be submitted through the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400

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3/1/2014 - Robbery and Burglary SuspectARRESTED

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The Des Moines Police Department is asking for help from the public identifying a suspect that is believed to be involved in a robbery and burglary on the same day.

On March 1st between 1:22 and 2:54 pm a white male suspect wearing a camouflage jacket and driving what appears to be an older model Dodge Dakota with a tool box in the back, attempted to pry into an ATM at the Greater Iowa Credit Union at 600 E. 30th then successfully broke into the coin boxes at the Four Mile Car Wash at 3740 Easton in Des Moines.  During this time frame the suspect also robbed the Star Gas Station at 3761 E. University displaying a knife and demanding money but fled when the employee confronted him with a metallic bat.

Anyone who has information on the identity or location of this suspect, or his vehicle, is asked to call the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4864 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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2/14/2014 - Fatal Hit and Run - 900 E Euclid

The Des Moines Police Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal hit and run collision and is asking for help from the public locating the suspect and their vehicle. At 10:54 pm on February 14th the Des Moines Police Department responded to a car vs pedestrian collision in the 900 Block of E. Euclid Ave. The victim in this investigation has been identified as Joan Haggar of Des Moines.

The Des Moines Police Department asks that anyone who may have been in the area of the 900 Block of E. Euclid and may have seen this incident to please come forward with any information on the identity or location of this driver and the car.   Any additional information that can be provided may be useful in furthering this case.

The investigation indicates the victim was crossing E. Euclid on foot northbound.  She was in the northern-most lane when she was struck by a westbound car.  The vehicle did not slow or stop after the collision.  Des Moines Police Traffic investigators spoke with a witness who provided the only vehicle description as a mid-sized car.  This car may have damage to the front and/or windshield.

Anyone with information on the location of the vehicle or identity of the driver is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.  The Polk County Crime Stoppers offers up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest and the Des Moines Police Department will match that reward for a total potential reward of $2000. 

The Des Moines Police Department also requests that any auto body shops or car-tow service who may have information about a vehicle that has sustain damage consistent with a collision to a human body to also contact us.

UPDATE 28 Feb 2014:

As Des Moines Police Traffic Investigators continue to follow-up tips and leads related to this case, images captured from video surveillance indicate a possible suspect vehicle may be a silver or gray mid-size 4 door sedan.  This vehicle which is similar in size to a Ford Taurus or Chevy Impala is believed to have been in the area at the time of the collision and may have damage to the bumper, hood or windshield.  (images are not available for release at this time).

UPDATE 14 March 2014:

The Des Moines Police Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate the fatal hit and run accident that occurred in the 900 block of Euclid, on February 14, 2014.  Through the investigation Officers have been able to obtain a surveillance photo of a vehicle that is of interest to the investigation.  The photo is from the intersection of Cornell Street and Euclid Avenue a short time after the accident took place.  The investigation has shown the vehicle of interest would have been at this intersection at approximately this time.

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2/4/2014 - Game Stop RobberyARRESTED

The Des Moines Police Department is asking for help from the public identifying a robbery suspect.

On Tuesday February 4th at 7:12 pm, a white male suspect entered the Game Stop at 5126 SE 14th St in Des Moines.  He demanded money and merchandise also taking phones from the store and employees before leaving.  The suspect did not show a weapon but threatened to shoot employees.  He is described as 30-40 yrs old and approximately 5 ft 10 in tall.  He has a thin build and had a blonde stubble beard.  He was wearing tan cargo pants, gray gloves with an unknown white design on them and a gray hooded shirt with an “Under Armor” logo. 

Anyone with information on the identity or location of this suspect is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4864 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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