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Hawarden Teen Arrested On Several Charges After Investigation Into Stolen Vehicle

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Rural Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden teen has been arrested and faces several charges after an investigation into a stolen vehicle from Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 19-year-old Matthew Zinnel of Hawarden on Tuesday on charges including two counts of 3rd degree burglary, and one count each of 2nd degree theft, 3rd degree theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early that morning, the sheriff’s office received a report from Sioux Center that a Dodge Durango had been stolen from a residence sometime during the overnight hours.

Upon further investigation sheriff’s deputies discovered the Durango parked at the intersection of Coolidge Avenue and 370th Street, 12 miles northwest of Sioux Center.

The sheriff’s office K9 unit was able to track the suspect to his residence at 3721 Coolidge Avenue, 11 miles northeast of Hawarden. While investigating the stolen vehicle deputies were able to link Zinnel to other thefts in the area. He was found in possession of a 2012 Honda Recon ATV that had been reported stolen earlier this month from a Sioux County resident; and cash, also believed to be stolen.

The Sioux Center Police Department charged Zinnel with 2nd degree theft, 5th degree theft and 3rd degree burglary of a motor vehicle for the theft of the Durango.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department and Rock Valley Police Department.

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