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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:


11/14/2014 - Party City Store BurglaryIN CUSTODY
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The Des Moines Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two burglary suspects.  On Monday October 27th at 4:00 pm the Party City Store at 1111 E Army Post Rd (under construction) was burglarized.  Surveillance photos indicate two suspects entered the business after construction crews left for the day taking a television and damaging a counter and wall. 

Surveillance photos show a white male suspect with medium build wearing a Chicago Bears shirt, dark shorts and tennis shoes.  The white female suspect is also of medium build wearing a white and red hooded jacket over a white shirt and dark pants.

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11/4/2014 - Git N Go Robbery at 806 SE 14 St
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The Des Moines Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a witnesses to a robbery.

On Thursday Oct 30th at 12:07 am the Git n Go Convenience store at 806 SE 14th St in Des Moines reported that black male suspect, described as appx 5’ 10” and 140 lbs wearing a dark blue hoodie, jeans and a dark piece of cloth over his face entered the business. The suspect held a black handgun pointing it at the clerk and demanded money.  The clerk complied and the suspect fled on foot. 

During this robbery there was another individual inside the store.  This unidentified male (shown in surveillance photos) ran after the suspect but did not return.  Des Moines Police Detectives feel this witness may be able to provide relevant information regarding this crime and possibly help identify the suspect.  Anyone with information on the identity or location of this witness 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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10/29/2014 - Counterfeit Check InvestigationARRESTED
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The West Des Moines Police Department is conducting a counterfeit check investigation that occurred between late August and early September 2014. The suspect depicted in the attached surveillance photograph utilized counterfeit checks to obtain merchandise at five metro area retail stores. He is described as being a white male, with brown hair, unshaven, wearing a white t-shirt. The vehicle is described as being a silver BMW with a black convertible top. 

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the West Des Moines Police Department at 515-222-3359 or Polk County Crime Stoppers 515-223-1400.

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10/28/2014 - Metro`s Most Wanted
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Deshaun Lonte Trombone 24, is wanted for 16 counts of Violation of a No Contact Order. Trombone is 6`1, 190lbs, black hair and brown eyes.  If you know where to find Trombone call Crime Stoppers at 223-1400. You could receive a reward of up to $500.

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10/27/2014 - Credit Card Theft in Clive
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The suspects are a male described as 25-35ys, facial hair, wearing a ball cap and a female 30-40yrs, wearing athletic wear and ball cap. They are driving a newer sliver or gray Chevy Traverse. If you can ID these people contact:
Sgt. Vern Lukehart
Detective Section
Clive Police Department
Gen # 515.278.1512
Dir # 515.867.5013 
or Polk County Crime Stoppers 515 223-1400

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10/15/2014 - Bank Robbery at Central Bank.
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The Des Moines Police is asking for the public’s help identifying a robbery suspect. On Thursday October 9th at 3:44 pm, the Des Moines Police Communications Center received a report of bank robbery at the Central Bank at 2742 Hubbell Ave. in Des Moines.

Witnesses stated a black male approximately 5-8 to 5-10 with a thin build entered the business carrying a screw driver and a red “Iowa State” back pack.  The suspect jumped over the counter and demanded cash placing it inside the red bag before leaving on foot. The suspect was dressed in black with a black stocking hat with gold or yellow stitching. 

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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10/13/2014 - Robbery - Valero convenience store
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On 11 Oct 2014 at approx. 950 pm, a robbery occurred at the Valero convenience store, 2829 Easton Blvd.  No weapons were displayed during the robbery.  The suspect fled with cash and cigarettes.

The Des Moines Police Dept. is requesting assistance with identifying the suspect in the accompanying photographs.  The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20’s, approx.. 6’1”, 220 lbs.  He was wearing what appears to be a white-colored, “Hurley” brand hooded sweatshirt with an insignia patch on the left sleeve.  Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored vehicle (unknown make and model) fleeing the scene.

You can anonymously report your tip to Polk County Crime Stoppers by calling 515-223-1400, submitting you tip online at polkcountycrimestoppers.org or text your tip to "CRIMES" (274637) keyword.

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10/6/2014 - Stolen Credit Card
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The West Des Moines Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a stolen credit card investigation. The suspect utilized a stolen credit card at Valley West Mall. The vehicle that was operated by the suspect is also pictured.

Anyone with information concerning this case, specifically the identity of the suspect, is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers 515-223-1400. Polk County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) involved in this incident. You can anonymously report your tip to Polk County Crime Stoppers by calling 515-223-1400, submitting your tip online at polkcountycrimestoppers.org or text your tip to “CRIMES” (274637) keyword.

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10/2/2014 - West Des Moines - Stranger Danger!
 A 12-year-old girl in West Des Moines reported a man asked her to get in his SUV Thursday morning. The incident was reported at 7:15 a.m. in the 1300 block of Grand Avenue.

The child was walking to school when a dirty white older style Jeep SUV stopped in the road and the driver asked the child if she wanted a ride. Police said the child yelled "No" and ran to school and reported the incident to school staff. Police said the driver was described as being a white male, 35 to 40 years old, with brown hair and possibly unshaven.

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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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