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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Jan. 7, 2019

Newton Police
Department

• Hunter E. Beckman, 18, of Des Moines, was charged with second-degree theft at 1:43 p.m. Wednesday. According to Newton police, an officer was sent to America’s Best Value Inn for a motor vehicle theft. Upon arrival, the officer learned Beckman allegedly stole the victim’s spare car keys from their hotel room. When the victim returned to the hotel in their silver 2011 Honda CRV, Beckman allegedly used the spare keys to get access into the car and take off as soon as the victim was inside the hotel. A police pursuit ensued and Beckman was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

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