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Young Adult Arrested for Robbery

Shortly after midnight on Friday the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the BP Gas Station in Agency on reports of a robbery.
Deputies respond to the area and located a subject matching the reported description on foot just a few blocks from BP.
An investigation was conducted and deputies arrested Jacob Bonner Age 18 of Eldon.  Bonner was charged with Burglary in the second degree – a Class  C Felony, Robbery in the second degree – a Class C Felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Person Under the Legal Age both Simple Misdemeanors.
Bonner is in the Wapello County Jail and bond is set at $12,300.

Arrest Made In C-Store Burglaries

Amber Kelsey was taken into custody on Monday, September 18th shortly after 1 PM.

Kelsey, 35, was arrested and charged with Burglary – Third Degree (Class D Felony). Kelsey is currently incarcerated in the Wapello County Jail on a $5,000.00 bond.

Additional charges are pending.



In the early morning hours of July 30th, and then again on August 31st, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office investigated two separate burglary reports from the C-Store located in Blakesburg.

Throughout the course of the separate investigations, Law Enforcement personnel had reason to believe the same individual had committed both burglaries at the C-Store. During the burglaries the main items stole were a large quantity of cigarettes.

On September 1st, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at a residence in Blakesburg. During the search warrant Deputies seized numerous items believed to be of value in the criminal prosecutions of the burglaries. Also seized during the search warrant was a large quantity of cigarettes.

During the investigation the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office has sent several seized/collected items to the Iowa DCI Laboratory.


This criminal charge is an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Wapello County Sheriff’s Made Two Arrests Over the Weekend

Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible assault in progress on 4th Street in Chillicothe, IA on Saturday, September 9th around 3 PM. When Deputies arrived all parties were gone.

An investigation was conducted. On Sunday, Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tony Bakalar, Sr., age 54 of Chillicothe and charged Bakalar Sr. with Domestic Abuse with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury and Harassment in the First Degree — both are Aggravated Misdemeanors.

Bakalar Sr. is currently being had in lieu of bond in the Wapello County Jail.


On September 6th, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a burglary at a farm residence on Point Isabelle Road in Wapello County.

On Saturday, Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at 310 North Street in Ottumwa, IA and numerous items that were reported stolen were recovered.

As a result of the investigation and search warrant Trevor Roberts, age 28 of Ottumwa has been charged with two counts of Burglary Third Degree a Class D Felony. Roberts has bonded from the Wapello County Jail.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.


At approximately 7:06 a.m., Tuesday June 28 th , 2016 a citizen reported hearing gunshots in the 7000

block of Cliffland Road just east of Ottumwa. The caller also reported a description of the vehicle

departing the area. While responding to the call a Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle

matching the description just south of Agency Iowa at which time the suspect vehicle began to elude

the following Deputy. The Deputy followed the vehicle back into Ottumwa from Agency and then back

east out of Ottumwa by way of Cliffland Road. The Deputy continued to follow the vehicle to just south

of the Des Moines River Bridge in Eldon when the vehicle crashed into the ditch. The suspect vehicle

was occupied by four subjects all of which exited the vehicle and continued to elude the Deputy on foot.

Assistance began to arrive by this time and three of the four subjects were taken into custody, with the

fourth still at large. No persons’ were injured at the 7000 block of Cliffland Road where the original call

began. Assisting the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation was the Ottumwa Police

Dept., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield Police Dept. Iowa State Patrol and the Eldon Fire

Dept. The matter remains under investigation and further charges are anticipated. Taken into custody

at this time and charged is Joshua Pierce, age 27 of Ottumwa charged with Possession, Receipt,

Transportation, or Dominion and Control of Firearms, Driving while Barred and Eluding Law

Enforcement. Carl Penelton, age 29 of Ottumwa is charged with Interference with Official Acts as was

a 17 yr old Juvenile charged with Interference with Official Acts and released to their parent.

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This criminal charge is an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until

and unless proven guilty.


Applebee’s In Ottumwa Robbed, No Arrests Made

On Sunday April 24, 2016, at approximately 12:26 a.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to Applebee’s, 1303 Vaughn Drive, Ottumwa, on a report that a Robbery had just occurred.
Preliminary investigation identified that Colrita Hem, an employee of Applebee’s, was robbed by two assailants who gained access to the interior portion of the restaurant after it was closed. At least one of the assailants was armed with a weapon that was not a firearm. The two suspects left Applebee’s after obtaining cash from the restaurant.
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers from the Ottumwa Police Department, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 104 S. Locust, Richland, IA, in relation to this investigation.
Police believe that one of the suspects, or their associate, possibly exchanged a large quantity of $1 bills on Sunday, April 24. If a business or a citizen recalls an instance of exchanging the $1 bills for larger denominations of currency, please contact the Ottumwa Police Department.
No arrests have been made at this time in relation to this incident but the investigation is ongoing.


Reminder: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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