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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  |  Clive - Who's This  |  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:


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

Robbery and Burglary Suspect

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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1/23/2014 - Walgreens Robbery
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On Wednesday January 22nd the Des Moines Police Communications Center received a call from the Walgreens Store at 3140 SE 14th reporting a robbery. The suspect is described as 5’8” and 150 lbs. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt with a T-shirt pulled up over his head and face like a mask/hood. At one point his mask fell from his face and the employee noted he had a goatee and hair that was “bleach blonde.” He took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store possibly getting into a vehicle. The suspects sweatshirt has some markings on it that may help in his identification.
Anyone with information on the location or identity of this suspect 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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1/12/2014 - Garage Door Openers Used for Local BurglariesARRESTED

The Des Moines Police Department is investigating six cases of burglaries to vehicles where remote garage door openers and vehicle registrations were taken. Some of these victims have gone back to their residences and found those burglarized as well. There is a possibility these 6 cases are connected.

Possible considerations to help prevent these crimes include removing from your car, the garage door opener and items with your home address on them. While you are required to carry your vehicles registration with you while driving, it is easily placed on your person once you leave your vehicle. Another option would be to store the vehicle registration in a less obvious location than the glove box.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4864 or anonymously to the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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1/7/2014 - West Bank Increases Reward
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West Bank is offering an additional $5,000 reward through Crime Stoppers for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the individual who committed the December 18th Bank robbery at the SW 9th West Bank location.

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12/27/2013 - Urbandale Vandalism Crime Spree

The Urbandale Police Department is asking for help in identifying the vehicle and subjects involved in a vandalism crime spree which occurred between 10:30 PM Friday, December 13 and 3:00 AM Saturday, December 14. There were 10 reports taken between 64th St. and Urbandale Ave. to Meredith Drive in which vehicles left parked in the street were intentionally damaged.

The vehicle involved was described as a white or light gray Jeep Cherokee in which the door handles are the same paint color. The vehicle also has what is believed to be a black luggage rack on top. It was occupied by 3-5 individuals.

Anyone having information about such a vehicle or its occupants is asked to contact Urbandale Police Detective Jessica Winter at 515-331-6894 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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12/18/2013 - Greater Iowa Credit Union Robbery
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Des Moines Police Communications Center received a call of a robbery at the Greater Iowa Credit Union located at 600 E. 30th St. in Des Moines. An adult black male entered the business and displayed a hand gun while demanding cash. He was given an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen westbound on foot. The suspect is described as 5’10”-6’00” with an average build. He had a goatee and glasses. He was wearing a bright green jacket and a white and green knit cap.

Anyone with information on the identity or location of this suspect is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or anonymously to the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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11/29/2013 - Nick White Homicide Update
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One year ago 20-year-old Nick White died of undisclosed trauma in the basement of a home in the 1500 block of 29th Street, near Drake University. The medical examiner has officially ruled the death a homicide. Polk County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

The White family is separately offering an additional $4,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction

More information can be found atwww.nicholasdavidwhite.com

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11/18/2013 - Kum & Go RobberyARRESTED
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On November 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM, the Kum & Go convenience store at 2110 Guthrie was robbed at gun-point. The suspect is described at a light-skin black male adult who was appx. 6 ft tall 180 lbs. He was wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and black mask pulled over his face. He was also wearing blue-jeans. The suspect was carrying a black handgun which he used to strike the clerk in the face. Two other witnesses who were in the store were required to lie on the ground during the robbery.The suspect took cash from the business and is believed to have fled in a white Pontiac Aztec.

Anyone with information on this crime or the identity of this suspect is asked to call the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or anonymously to the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

UPDATE 20 NOV 2013:

Upon further investigation by Des Moines Police Detectives, it is believed that the suspect in this Kum & Go Robbery may also be the suspect in two other convenience store robberies. On Nov 18th at approx 6:00 PM the Valero at 821 E. Euclid and on Nov 15th at approx 6:30 PM the STAR Liquor at 4028 E 14th were robbed by a black male adult wearing a black mask and a black hooded jacket or sweatshirt with the hood up. Both these robberies also involved a black handgun. The robbery of the Valero was a little more than 6 hours before the Kum & Go was robbed. The STAR was 3 days prior.

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10/30/2013 - Robbery of Drake Student
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On Oct 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM a Drake Student was robbed at gun-point near 29th and University in Des Moines. Taken were his wallet, cell phone, credit cards and a Black 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The vehicle has since been recovered.

Des Moines Police Detectives learned that the victim’s credit card was used at a Des Moines area convenience store and have obtained still photos from surveillance video. This video captured the 3 suspects at appx 1:17 AM. One photo shows a design on the back of one of suspect’s jacket that may be recognizable.

Anyone who has information about the identity and location of the suspects is asked to please contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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10/26/2013 - Fatal Roll-Over on I-235

DMPD Patrol Officers responded and located a single-vehicle on its top in 3800 Block of I-235 in the southern-most lane. The single male occupant, who was still inside the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim of the fatal vehicle collision is identified as Julio Cesar Carrillo.  UPDATE 28 October 2013. Des Moines Police Traffic Investigators are seeking to contact another possible witness to this fatal collision. It is believed that another vehicle with an unknown number of occupants was near the SUV just prior the point where it left the roadway. Given their possible proximity, the occupants may be able to provide valuable information that would help investigators piece together some of the finer details of the crash. The vehicle being sought is described as a green mid 90’s 4-door Dodge Neon. This car is believed to have a dark tint on the rear window as well as both back doors. Anyone with information about this car is asked to call the Des Moines Police Traffic Unit at 515-271-4650 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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9/26/2013 - Vandalism Reports
Between the approximate hours of 10:00pm on September 23rd and 6:00am on September 24th 2013, the Des Moines Police Department received complaints from at least 13 separate victims of vandalism along a route that began around the 300 block of SW 7th extending westward to the 2600 Block of Grand Ave. Investigators feel there is a strong likelihood that these cases are all related. The unknown suspects flattened vehicle tires, broke out vehicle windows and damaged business widows. The Des Moines Police Department is asking that anyone with information on the suspects involved in this damage to please call the DMPD Detective Bureau at 515-283-4864 or anonymously to the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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