Arrest Made In Sheldon Package Thefts Case

Sheldon, Iowa — An arrest has been made in the ongoing case of reports of package thefts in Sheldon.
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The Sheldon Police Department has filed multiple criminal charges against a Sibley woman for her alleged involvement in the thefts.

Officers charged 43-year-old Becky Lynn Vander Plaats with Theft in the 3rd Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. Authorities believe that she was involved with at least nine of these thefts. She was also charged with nine counts of Simple Misdemeanor Trespassing.

The Sheldon Police Department received twenty-six separate reports from residents who had packages stolen from the front entry areas of their homes between December of 2013 and February of 2015. The packages had been delivered to the homes by several different shipping and postal delivery services. The packages contained a variety of items including clothing, electronics, craft items, shoes, tools, and numerous other miscellaneous items.

Officers executed a search warrant at Vander Plaats’ home at 526 Ninth Avenue in Sibley, and seized numerous items of an evidentiary value from the home.

Vander Plaats will be required to appear in court on a future date to answer to the charges.

Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department.

The police department wants to remind the public that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Weekend News From Sheldon PD

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Police were kept busy with a pair of minor accidents and an arrest on Friday the 13th.

Around 11:30 Friday morning police were called to a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of 9th Street downtown in Sheldon.  According to the accident report, a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by 19-year old Riki Langfitt of Sheldon was southbound in an alley, and when she attempted to turn onto 9th Street, struck a 2014 Ford Focus, driven by 21-year old Nathan Mordick of Sioux Falls.  Damage to Mordick’s car was estimated at $1,000, while Langfitt’s SUV received an estimated $1500 in damage.  There were no injuries.  Langfitt was ticketed for Failure To Yield The Right Of Way.

Then, shortly after 3:00 pm Friday, police received a report of a hit & run accident in the 900 block of 9th Street.  According to authorities, a 2005 Ford Focus, owned by Trinity Boer of Sheldon, was legally parked along the north curb when it was struck by an unknown vehicle, causing approximately $2000 in damage, before leaving the scene.

Sheldon Police arrested a 23-year old Sheldon man Friday night shortly after 7:10 pm.  Pollice say Brandon Finney of Sheldon was jailed on a charge of Driving While Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.


Authorities Looking For Green Car

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a car that allegedly didn’t stop after being involved in an accident in Hull on Friday, March 13.
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The Sioux County Sherfif’s Office reports that a Silver 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, owned by Chad Rozeboom of Hull, was parked on Maple Street, near Fifth Street by the Hull city park basketball court. They say that a southbound green four-door car, unknown make or model, allegedly sideswiped the Pontiac and left the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says witnesses further described the car as clean and having tinted windows.

Authorites say the suspect car will have damage on the passenger’s side, around the mirror, and that the driver was the only occupant of the suspect car.

Damage to the Pontiac was estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, or to remain anonymous, you can use the
text-a-tip program.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Vehicle After Accident

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to find a car that is believed to have been involved in an accident north of Sioux Center.
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On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 3613 US 75 Avenue, about three miles north of Sioux Center. They say the accident occurred about 1:30 PM on that day.

They say 38-year-old Rebecca Cuperus of Sioux Center was driving a 2009 GMC Acadia northbound on Highway 75. She was stopped on the roadway waiting to turn left onto a farm drive when her vehicle was allegedly struck from behind by what’s thought to be a dark grey or silver four-door car. The sedan was described as being a 2010 or newer model. It is believed to have been driven by an older man with grey hair.

Authorities say the suspect vehicle continued north on Highway 75 and did not stop. The car is thought to have some minor damage to the front.

The GMC sustained about $1,400 in damage.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sibley Man Sentenced On Bad Check Charge

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced on a bad check charge.
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The Lyon County Attorney’s Office reports that Jose Armando Ayala Lopez of Sibley has been convicted of Theft in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

The charge stems from a criminal complaint stating that in September, 2014, Ayala Lopez made and delivered a check to GCC Ready Mix in Little Rock. The check was returned due to insufficient funds.

Ayala Lopez was sentenced to 365 days in the Lyon County Jail with all but five days suspended, and probation to the Third Judicial District for one year.

Ayala Lopez was also ordered to pay restitution immediately to GCC Ready Mix and to pay fines and court costs.

Sheldon Man Sentenced For Theft From Casino

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been convicted and sentenced for theft from the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood.
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The Lyon County Attorney’s Office reports that Travis Dean Paquette of Sheldon was sentenced to Theft in the Second Degree. They report that the charge stems from a complaint stating that Paquette took $10,000 in two separate instances in December, 2013, for a total of $20,000, with the intent to deprive Grand Falls Casino.

Paquette was sentenced to probation to the Third Judicial District for two years. A sentence of five years to the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections was suspended. Paquette was also ordered to pay victim restitution, fines and court costs.