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1/18/2017 - Theft from a pop machine at the Embassy Suites
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Des Moines Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a theft from a pop machine on 6 Jan 17. The theft occurred at the Embassy Suites hotel, 101 E Locust in Des Moines.  In the video you can see a white male breaking into the machine and removing cash while a white female acts as a look out.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Des Moines Police 515-283-4811, or Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400 or on the website www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.

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12/28/2016 - Ames Police Investigate Shooting

On December 28, 2016, at 1:53 a.m., the Ames Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 1419 S. Grand Avenue #403. When officers arrived, they found a male victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center by ambulance and then transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines by air ambulance. The victim is in critical condition. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members. Two individuals who were in the apartment when officers arrived are being questioned by detectives. The individuals initially refused to provide details regarding the shooting. The preliminary investigation leads us to believe there is no ongoing threat to the residents in this area.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133 or the anonymous tip line 515-239-5533. You may also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

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12/22/2016 - Wells Fargo Bank Robbery - Douglas AveARRESTED
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 On 22 December 2016, at approximately 1:05 pm, the Wells Fargo Bank located at 4505 Douglas Avenue was robbed.  Des Moines Police Department detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying and locating the suspect.
 
The suspect entered the bank and passed to the teller a note demanding money.  The note stated that the suspect was armed, however no weapon was displayed.  The teller complied and the suspect exited the bank.  No injuries were reported during this robbery.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 200 lbs. He had a mustache and goatee.  At the time of the robbery he was wearing a Miller Lite ball cap, sunglasses, and a black / Gray jacket over a white sweatshirt.   The teller also described the suspect as wearing a layer of makeup that appeared to be an attempt to lighten his complexion.  Attached are photographs from the robbery today.
 
Anyone with any information regarding the identity and/or location of this suspect is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-223-1400, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-2231400. 

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12/20/2016 - Motel 6 Robbery
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Des Moines Police Department detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying an armed robbery suspect. On December 20th, 2016, at approximately 12:24 p.m., a suspect robbed the desk clerk at the Motel 6, 4817 Fleur Drive.  The suspect was armed with a handgun during this robbery.  The victim was not injured. Photographs of the suspect are attached.  He is described as being approximately 5’8” tall.
 
Anyone with any information regarding the identity and/or location of this suspect is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-2231400

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12/5/2016 - Financial Plus Credit Union Robbery
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On 01 December 2016 at approximately 3:56 PM, the Financial Plus Credit Union at 2850 E Euclid Ave was robbed.  Des Moines Police Detectives are requesting the community`s assistance with identifying and locating the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male adult, early 20`s, 5`5" - 5`8" tall and 120-175 lbs.  The suspect was wearing a cast or Ace bandage on his left wrist.  He passed a note to the clerk demanding money.  No weapon was displayed.  The suspect was last seen running northwest from the scene.  
 
Anyone with any information regarding this robbery and/or suspect is asked to call Det Peter Wilson at 515-237-1502, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or you may submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.
 

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12/1/2016 - Bank of America at 501 E. Army Post Road Robbery
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On 01 December 2016 at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Bank of America at 501 E. Army Post Road was robbed.  Des Moines Police Department detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying and locating the suspect.  The suspect is described as being a white male adult, age of late 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 5’10” – 6’00” tall and 180 – 200 lbs.  The suspect was armed with a small handgun and passed a note to the clerk announcing the robbery.  The suspect was last seen leaving the bank in a southwest direction (towards SE 5th Street).
 
Anyone with any information regarding this robbery and/or suspect is asked to call Det. Matt Towers at 515-283-4981, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or you may submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.

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11/15/2016 - Card skimming devices in ATM machines
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The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance. The persons in the photos are suspected of installing card skimming devices in ATM machines at Hy Vee grocery, 1107 E Army Post Road, and the EBank, 3401 SW 9th Street. Other area law enforcement agencies have similar investigations ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects in the photos is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department Investigations Division - Special Assignment Section at 515-283-4821, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

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11/2/2016 - Murder SuspectIN CUSTODY

The Des Moines and Urbandale Police Departments have identified a suspect in the murder of two police officers this morning.  
 
46 year old Urbandale resident Scott Michael Greene is being sought by investigators.  Greene is 5’ 11” / 180 lbs with brown hair and green eyes.  Greene was last known to be driving a blue 2011 Ford F-150 with Iowa license plate 780 YFR.  The truck has a silver colored topper with a ladder rack. Greene is believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous.  If seen, please do not approach Greene, but call 911 and report his location.

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9/29/2016 - Credit Card Fraud
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The Johnston Police Department is attempting to identify the person pictured in connection with a criminal investigation involving a company credit card that was stolen and then fraudulently used to make several unauthorized charges throughout Des Moines.  According to the report #16-001148, on September 15th a ChildServe employee’s purse was stolen after forced entry was made into her vehicle while it was parked at the ChildServe care facility in Johnston.  The suspect then used the employee’s ChildServe company credit card to make several fraudulent purchases at multiple merchant locations throughout Des Moines. A photo of a subject believed to be involved in the fraudulent charges was obtained from security video at one of the merchant locations where the card had been used. 
 
 The subject in-question is a Caucasian male who was wearing a dark colored ball cap and a gray colored t-shirt with the phrase “CAN’T RUSH THIS” printed on the front.  The subject is also believed to have been driving a gray colored extended cab pick-up.  The Johnston Police Department is attempting to identify this subject so that he can be questioned regarding any possible knowledge or involvement he may have had in the described activity. 
 
Anyone who has information about the identity and/or whereabouts of the person depicted in these photos is urged to contact Johnston Police Detective Ryan Hanssen at 515-252-1364 or the Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity. All calls will be held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. 
 
 

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9/12/2016 - Wanted Person
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The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance with locating a wanted person.

On 13 July 2016, the US Bank at 115 E. Euclid Avenue was robbed by three individuals. Two juveniles were taken into custody immediately following the robbery. A warrant has now been issued for a third person, and investigators believe that he is currently in the Des Moines area.

20 year old David Joseph Lornette is wanted for Robbery – 1st Degree in connection to this bank robbery. Lornette is a black male, approximately 6’2” / 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information as to the location of Lornette is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department, 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, 515-223-1400

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8/6/2016 - Homicide at Johnny Mac’sARRESTED

On 06 August 2016, at 1:13 a.m., Des Moines Police Department patrol officers responded to Johnny Mac’s bar, 2279 Hubbell Avenue, to investigate a report of a shooting. Officers arrived to find three (3) victims. All victims were transported to local hospitals by Des Moines Fire Department medics. This incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

William Dawson, Sr (02-21-76) has died as a result of the gunshot injuries he received. Two other victims remain hospitalized. William Dawson, Jr. (06-09-96) and Carley Toomey (02-2496) were also shot, and are expected to survive. The Dawson’s are father and son. Des Moines Police Department detectives continue to interview witnesses, follow investigative leads, and develop suspect information.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or submit a tip online.

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7/25/2016 - Homicide near 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard
At 4:33 a.m., 24 July 2016, Des Moines Police Department patrol officers responded to the area of 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard to investigate a report of gunshots being fired. Upon officer’s arrival, they found a male victim deceased at the scene. The victim in this homicide has been identified as 59 year old Des Moines resident Dennis Strable (08-05-56). At the time of his death, Mr. Strable was riding a bicycle.  It is believed that bicycling was his primary mode of transportation. Attached is a photograph of Mr. Strable. Des Moines Police Department detectives are continuing to follow investigative leads in this case. Detectives are asking that anyone who has seen Mr. Strable, in recent days, or knew him, to please contact them at 515-283-4811.
 
Additionally, tips can be anonymously submitted to Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or through their website at www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.

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6/22/2016 - A Shooting at 3720 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

On 22 June 2016 at 1:58 am, Des Moines Police Dispatch began receiving calls about a shooting at 3720 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy. Officers arrived on scene and found an adult male with obvious gunshot wounds. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to the hospital. The person shot in this incident, Victor Robinson Jr., a 41 year old Des Moines resident, died due to injuries sustained in the shooting.

The Des Moines Police Department would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident last night, has information about the incident or who may have security footage that captured the incident please contact the Des Moines Police Department or contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400 or www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.

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5/27/2016 - Homicide at 40th and Crocker

On 26 May 2016, at approximately 10:57 pm, the Des Moines Police Department Communications Center began receiving phone calls reporting gunfire heard in the area of 40th Place and Crocker Street. At least one of those calls also reported that a person had been shot and was believed to be deceased.

Upon their arrival at the scene, Des Moines Police Department police officers did find a deceased adult male in the roadway at the 4000 block of Crocker Street. This death is being investigated as a homicide. The victim in this homicide has been identified as 44 year old Des Moines resident Scott Allan Perez, Sr (DOB 07-15-71).

Des Moines Police Department detectives continue to follow leads in this case. Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Perez’s homicide is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Polk County at 515-223-1400, or submit a tip through the website.

 

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5/17/2016 - Shooting in the 1400 block of East Grand Ave
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On 17 May 2016 at approximately 10:10 am reports were received of a shooting in the 1400 block of East Grand Ave. At the time of the initial report Kamaury Watson, an 18 year old Des Moines resident, was located with a gunshot wound to the back.  Watson was transported to the hospital for further treatment and ultimately arrested for unrelated warrants after treatment.

Through the course of the investigation Des Moines Police Detectives have identified two persons of interest, wanted for further questioning in this incident. Maurice Boone Jr, a 23 year old Des Moines resident, and his brother Brian Boone, a 17 year old Des Moines resident. Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance in locating these two persons of interest.

Also learned during the investigation is that Kamaury Watson was not the only victim wounded during this incident. Evidence at the scene indicates a male with Watson was also shot and wounded, but fled the area as police officers responded. The unidentified male is described as a black male in his late teens. As of this time, his identity and condition is unknown and there are no reports of him receiving any treatment in the Des Moines area for injuries consistent with this incident. Detectives are also asking the community for assistance with identifying this second victim.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Youngblut, Des Moines Police Department at 515-237-1468, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.

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