Newton Resident Arrested, Charged with Theft and Felon in Control of Firearm

Owners of a rural farm residence northwest of Newton reported a burglary with multiple items missing, including a skid-loader and ATV on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

While deputies were investigating the incident, the owner reported seeing their skid-loader and ATV parked at a residence located at 1954 W 32nd Street N in Newton, IA.

Deputies made contact with a resident, identified as 34-year-old Matthew Bakalar of this residence. A subsequent investigation and search warrant at the property allowed deputies to recover suspected additional stolen property. Included in these items was a truck reported stolen to Newton Police Department on Dec. 21, and a handgun reported stolen from Marion County. Additional firearms were also recovered.

Investigation continues in this case. Deputies charged Bakalar with:

  • Theft First Degree (property valued in excess of $10,000) Class C Felony
  • Felon in Control of a Firearm- Class D Felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance- (3rd or subsequent offense) = Class D Felony
  • Theft Fourth Degree – Serious misdemeanor (handgun)

Bakalar was transported to the Jasper County Jail and is currently being held on $41,000 bond.


All criminal charges are merely allegations and the subject should be considered innocent until proven guilty.


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