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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:


6/30/2015 - Burglary and Credit Card Fraud
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In April of this year a Des Moines resident had his wallet taken from his vehicle that was parked in his driveway.  Before the burglary was noticed, his credit card was fraudulently used to purchase items from a local store.  Early tips in this investigation have not provided enough information for a successful prosecution and Des Moines Police Detectives are hoping to gain new leads in the case.

Surveillance photos show four separate suspects and two vehicles associated with them.  Anyone with information on the identity or location of these suspects is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4865 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400

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6/26/2015 - Robbery at First Class Credit UnionARRESTED
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On 2:54 pm on Wednesday June 24th the Des Moines Police Communications Center received a call concerning a robbery at the First Class Credit Union at 303 Euclid Ave. in Des Moines.

Officers responded and found that a male suspect entered the business and handed a note to the employee demanding cash.  After receiving money he left northbound on foot.  He is described as a white or Hispanic male that is approximately 6 feet tall and 170 pounds.  Surveillance photos indicate he had facial hair and was wearing a dark hooded jacket, dark hat and dark pants.  No weapon was seen.

Anyone with information on the location or identity 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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6/23/2015 - Derrick Glenn Smith Jr.
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Des Moines Police Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for Derrick Glenn Smith Jr. for two counts of attempted murder, willful injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.  He is a 24 year old resident of Des Moines.

Mr. Smith, who is wanted in connection with a shooting on June 8th at approximately 5:00 am at 1513 Bell Ave in Des Moines, was accompanied by Jamon Kweshi Allen Jr. who is being held in the Polk County Jail for similar charges.  Victims Willie Taylor and Michi Palmer suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds as a result of this shooting.

Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Smith is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Communications Center at 515-283-4811 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400

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6/21/2015 - Homicide at 269 E. 16th Street

Des Moines Police patrol officers and DMFD Medics responded and found a 27 year old and a 23 year victim suffering from stab wounds. They were both transported to Mercy hospital where the 27 year old later died from his injuries. A third victim presented himself at Broadlawns Hospital at 12:49 pm Both of the remaining victims are expected to live. The investigation indicates a fight broke out during a party at 269 E. 16th Street. The fight spilled out into the street where the stabbings occurred. Des Moines Police Detectives have currently interviewed approximately 13 separate witnesses and expect to identify and interview more as the investigation continues.

Update 22June2015

The victim in this homicide investigation is identified as 27 year old Timothy Washington of Des Moines. Detectives continue to make progress in this case and the investigation is indicating Mr. Washington may have been an innocent bystander. Additionally it is believed there may have been more witnesses who were near the victim when he was stabbed however they have not spoken with detectives.

If anyone has information on this case they are 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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6/17/2015 - Robbery at Git n Go on SE 14th St
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On 6/17/15 at 12:01 am, Des Moines Police responded to the Git n Go at 806 SE 14th ST on a robbery call. Suspect displayed a knife, demanded money, and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Suspect is described as a WM 20`s 5’6” to 5’9” and weighing 140-160 lbs. He had brown hair and blue eyes, and was wearing a light grey long-sleeve thermal-type shirt, blue jean shorts, black tennis shoes, and black ankle socks. Suspect had a black shirt or large rag covering his face from the bridge of his nose down past his chin.

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 Det. T. Peak at 515-283-4887 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400

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6/16/2015 - Burglaries in Downtown Des MoinesARRESTED
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DMPD detectives have identified a person of interest involved in burglaries that have occurred during overnight hours in downtown Des Moines businesses.  Anyone having  knowledge of and/or who can identify this male is asked to contact Detective Stephanie Swartz, Crimes Against Property, at 515-237-1459 or Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400

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6/11/2015 - Bank Robbery at the Iowa State Bank
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On Wednesday June 10th at 4:53 pm the Des Moines Police Communications Center received a call concerning a bank robbery at the Iowa State Bank at 6410 SW 9th in Des Moines. A white male suspect entered the bank and demanded money from the teller and fled on foot after receiving cash.

The suspect had a black handgun in the front waistline of his pants. He was described as approximately 6’ 1” and 150 pounds. He was wearing a white dress shirt and tie with a white bandana over his head and a red one over his face. He was also wearing sunglasses.

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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6/9/2015 - Homicide investigation

At 2:01 pm the Des Moines Police Communications Center received a call concerning a shooting at 2217 Lincoln Ave in Des Moines. 

Des Moines Police Patrol officers and DMFD Medics responded and found 16 year old Terry Harris, a resident of that address, suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

Des Moines Police Detectives and Crime Scene investigators responded to assist with the investigation.

Witnesses indicated the suspect was a black male who is believed to be in his late teens or early 20’s.  He is described as approximately 6’-1” and 160 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.  Detectives are diligently working towards identifying and locating the suspect.

Anyone with information on this homicide investigation 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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6/5/2015 - Credit Card Fraud
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The Des Moines Police Department is seeking help identifying two individuals who are suspected of committing credit card fraud.

On May 11th 2015 a purse was inadvertently left in the changing room, and stolen, at the Salvation Army Store at 4620 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. The victim was able to cancel her credit and debit cards but not before they were fraudulently used by two female suspects whose images were captured on surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information on the identity or location of these suspects is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4865 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

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5/28/2015 - Stolen Credit Card - Clive
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The Clive Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a female who used a stolen credit card. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clive Police Department at 515-278-1312 during business hours or the West Com Communications Center (24/7) at 515-222-3321. You can also call the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515 223-1400.

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5/28/2015 - Attempted Murder at 1111 27th Street in Des Moines
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At 10:37 pm on May 27th the Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 1111 27th Street in Des Moines.

Arriving officers found 33 year old Devan Jones suffering from gunshot wounds and later were notified of a second shooting victim 36 year old Cortez Armstrong who had been driven to the hospital. A third victim, 57 year old Phyllis Smith, was shot at but uninjured.

Des Moines Police Detectives responded and were given information from the victims and witnesses that the suspect in this investigation is James Matthew Butler Jr who is a 29 year old Des Moines resident. An arrest warrant for Mr. Butler has been issued for three counts of attempted murder which a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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

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5/20/2015 - Riverside Cemetery Burglary and Vandalism - Marshalltown, Iowa

A thief or thieves broke into Riverside Cemetery`s offices sometime late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. In the process, the building`s front door glass was shattered and a dead bolt pried open to gain entry, possibly with an iron bar left at the scene. 

 

Stolen items include a rare antique ballot box containing $50 in cash donations for a cemetery genealogy project.  The break-in was the latest blow to Riverside - as cemetery equipment has been severely vandalized over the last six weeks. Water was put into oil lines and gasoline tanks of motorized equipment. One of the cemetery`s two lawn mowers was targeted and is currently being repaired. 

 

If you have information about these crimes contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400.

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5/20/2015 - Theft of a Motor Vehicle
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The Altoona Police Department needs your help identifying the male in these photos, who is a suspect in a Theft of a Motor Vehicle which was located unoccupied in Altoona, Iowa.

If anyone has information regarding this suspect you are asked to contact the Altoona Police Department at (515) 967-5131 or the Knoxville Police Department at (641) 828-0554. You can also contact Polk County Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous at (515) 223-1400

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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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