Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 49-year-old Daniel Joseph DeTaege of Appleton, Wisconsin pled guilty and was sentenced in Sioux County District Court on three counts of Burglary in the Third Degree as an Habitual Offender.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 15, 2012, a Hawarden police officer, on patrol in Ireton, noticed glass broken out of the Coop. The officer investigated and discovered DeTaege inside the business in the act of burglarizing the business. The officer was able to arrest DeTaege without incident. After DeTaege was arrested, officers discovered a large amount of cash in his vehicle as well as a map of Iowa that had several communities and routes highlighted.
The Court sentenced DeTaege to serve an indeterminate 30-year prison sentence and ordered DeTaege to make restitution to all of the victims of his burglaries in Sioux County in the amount of $8,447.50. Because he is an habitual offender, the Court also ordered that DeTaege must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of six years before he is eligible for parole.