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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 cases in Polk County and surrounding communities are listed below:


5/15/2015 - Quick Trip Armed Robbery
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On Thursday, May 15 at approximately 1:26 am a male suspect robbed the Quick Trip at 11925 University Av in Clive. The suspect (described as a male white, wearing a black Under Armor hoodie with a full facemask over his face and sunglasses) entered the front door of the store and demanded cash. He displayed a handgun during the incident. The suspect fled out the front door carrying an undisclosed amount of cash in a back pack. He ran north, then in an unknown direction.  Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Clive Police 278-1312 during business hours or the West Com Communications Center (24/7) at 222-3321 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515 223-1400.

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4/21/2015 - Family Dollar Robbery
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Des Moines Police Detectives are seeking help identifying suspects from a robbery committed Tuesday April 21st.

 

On Tuesday at 9:47 pm two suspects entered the Family Dollar at 3915 SW 9th while a third acted as a look-out.  One suspect was armed with a long gun while the other had a stick.  As one suspect pointed his gun at the victims, the other demanded cash.  All suspects fled after receiving money.

 

The suspect armed with a gun is described as a black male approximately 6-0 with a thin build wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt dark pants and mask.  The second suspect wore a blue or purple hooded sweatshirt with dark pants and a mask.  He was described as a black male approximately 5’-7” also with a thin build.  The third suspect appeared to have a blue or purple sweatshirt as well as dark pants.

 

Anyone with information on the identity or location of these suspects is asked to call the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously

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4/15/2015 - Cash Thefts
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Des Moines Police Detectives are seeking help identifying four suspects involved in cash thefts from four different businesses.  It is believed that all four cases involve the same suspects.  These thefts were committed at El Palomino 3116 E 14th, La Favorita 1700 E. Grand, La Cruz 3900 E 14th #1 and the Saigon Market 2501 E. Euclid.

 

In each of the four cases three females and one male enter the store.  Two of the suspects distract the employee while the other two take cash.  Cash losses range from several hundred the several thousand dollars.

 

Anyone with information on the location or identities of these suspects is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4865 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously

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4/13/2015 - Robbery at the Bank of the WestARRESTED
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At 9:55 this morning the Des Moines Police Communications center received report of a robbery at the Bank of the West at 2596 Hubbell Ave in Des Moines. Employees stated an adult male suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding cash. He fled northbound from the bank after he was given an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was shown.

The suspect is described as approximately 6’2" tall and in his mid 20’s. He was wearing a beige coat over top a dark shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap. The suspect also had facial hair.

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 Crimes Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400

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4/5/2015 - Homicide at Gerri’s PlaceARRESTED

UPDATE 08 April 2015:  The suspect in this investigation has turned himself in to Des Moines Police Detectives. Daniel Lyle Patton is a 29 year old resident of Des Moines. He has been charged with voluntary manslaughter (class C felony) and taken to the Polk County Jail.  Mr. Patton’s wife Adrena Dawn Patton also surrendered to detectives. She was charged with accessory after the fact (an aggravated misdemeanor) and taken to the Polk County Jail.

Sgt. Jason Halifax

The Des Moines Police is seeking help identifying an assault suspect from early Sunday Morning.  At 12:52 am, Des Moines Police Patrol Officers responded to Gerri’s Place at 232 E. 30th St on the report of a man down. Officers located 50 year old Andrew Purcell on the ground unconscious. The suspect in this assault is a white male adult who is believed to be in his late 20’s to early 30’s. He is described as approximately 5-8 with a medium build. He was last seen leaving the area in a red extended cab pickup accompanied by an adult white female who is also believed to be in her late 20’s to early 30’s.
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 the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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3/25/2015 - Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank in St. CharlesARRESTED
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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a bank robber. Just after 3:00 Wednesday afternoon, a man walked into the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank in St. Charles with a gun. Investigators say the man told the staff to fill a bag with money, ordered the employees into the bathroom, then left the bank. No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery. None of the employees were hurt. The suspect was described as a man about 5’6”-5’10” tall with a full beard and weighing 350 to 400 pounds. Witnesses think the robber may have been driving a white Chevy Monte Carlo.

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3/10/2015 - Ward`s Pharmacy RobberyARRESTED
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The Des Moines Police Department is seeking the public’s help identifying a robbery suspect.

On Monday March 9th at 5:17 pm an adult female suspect entered the Wards Pharmacy at 2501 E. Walnut in Des Moines.  She approached the counter asking for prescription medications and pulled a black handgun from her purse.  The suspect was given one bottle of pills then left out the side door running south bound.  She is described as approximately 5”-4” and 150-170 pounds.

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 the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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3/10/2015 - Randal Jon CaswellARRESTED
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The Des Moines Police is seeking help locating a wanted individual.

 

Since February 25th 2015 Des Moines Police Detectives have investigated several cigarette theft cases from stores in Des Moines that were believed to have been committed by the same suspect. This suspect has been identified as Randal Jon Caswell.

 

Mr. Caswell is a 47 year old male from Des Moines.  He is described as 5’-8” and 180 pounds.  He is currently wanted for six separate counts of 3rd degree theft (aggravated misdemeanors) and one count of On-going criminal conduct (class B felony).

 

Anyone with information on Mr. Caswells location is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department communications center at 515-283-4811 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously 515-223-1400 or

http://www.polkcountycrimestoppers.org/

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3/3/2015 - Theft Suspects
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The Urbandale Police Department is attempting to identify the individuals in the photos regarding a theft at a local business. If you can identify any of these people, or have any information regarding this case, please contact the Urbandale Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 515-278-3926, or by e-mail. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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2/21/2015 - Des Moines hit and runARRESTED
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At 2:04 am the Des Moines Police Communications Center received a call about a man lying in the middle of the street with blood around him in the west bound lanes of the 300 block of University Ave in Des Moines.

Des Moines Police Traffic Investigators have issued an arrest warrant in this fatal hit and run investigation for Jayron Eugene Woods-Crawford.  He is a 27 year old from Des Moines.  Jayron is approximately 6’2” and 220 pounds and is wanted for leaving the scene of an accident causing death.  This charge is a class D Felony.

Anyone with information on Mr. Woods-Crawford’s location is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400

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2/13/2015 - Credit Card Fraud
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The Altoona Police Department, Windsor Heights Police Department, Indianola Police Department and the Pella Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying two females using stolen credit cards and credit card numbers at several Walmart locations around central Iowa.  The suspects are driving a driving a dark colored van or SUV.  The law enforcement agencies involved are in the process of identifying the victims in this Credit Card Fraud and Identify Theft. 

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1/20/2015 - 7 Flags ATM Burglary
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The Clive Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying this man who was tampering with two ATM machines at the 7 Flags Event Center in Clive. On 01-20-15 at 2:30 am an individual attempted to steal two ATM machines in a burglary from 7 Flags Event Center by using a stolen truck to knock them off their base. Days prior to this incident the person pictured below was observed tampering with these ATMs at 7 Flags vent Center in an effort to prevent cash from being dispensed prior to an event.

The individual is described as a Caucasian male, 30-45 of years of age, between 5’03” and 5’10”, medium build.

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1/19/2015 - Git-N-Go at 100 Watrous Ave

Des Moines police were called to the Git-N-Go at 100 Watrous Ave. just after 9 p.m. on reports of a robbery. Police say they’re looking for a white male who went into the convenience store and demanded money. Police said he got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and left on foot heading west on Watrous Avenue.

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1/11/2015 - Hit and Run - 34th and Ingersoll AveSOLVED

The Des Moines Police Traffic Unit is investigating a car vs pedestrian hit and run that occurred at the intersection of 34th and Ingersoll Ave at approximately 8:16 on Sunday, 1/11/2015.

 

Early investigative details indicate a newer smaller gray or silver SUV (possibly similar in size to a Honda CRV) struck an adult female then left eastbound without stopping.  The victim was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in critical condition. 

 

The suspects vehicle may have a passenger headlight out and possible front-end and windshield damage.

 

Anyone with information on this collision or the location of the vehicle or its driver is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811.

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1/9/2015 - Burglary Suspects on Des Moines South Side
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On Friday January 9th at approximately 12:50 pm two suspects forced their way into the residence at 1809 Glenwood Circle on Des Moines’ south side.  One of the occupants of the residence was home at the time of the offense and called police while they hid in the basement.  When the suspects forced open the door of the room where the victim was hiding and saw the victim, the suspects fled the house.   Images of the suspects were captured by the home’s video surveillance system. 

 

One suspect was wearing a dark blue or black top that had writing on the sleeves as well as black athletic pants with twin white stripes going down the side of each leg.

 

The other suspect was wearing a dark coat with a light colored hood.  The hood had a dark stripe in the center while the coat had light stripes across the chest and shoulders.  Both suspects were described as appx. 6 feet tall.

 

Anyone with information on the identity or location of these suspects is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4850 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400

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