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Police/Fire Reports

Police Blotter Oct. 21, 2020

Newton Police Department

• Joshua A. Peterson, 37, of Des Moines, was charged with two counts of fifth-degree theft. According to the Newton Police Department, Walmart security footage showed a man leaving the store without paying for multiple items on Aug. 24. He placed items in a stolen duffle bag and left the story out a back door. He was seen entering a silver vehicle with no plates. The value of the items stolen was $190.09. On Aug. 29, Peterson was arrested and identified at the Walmart store in Des Moines. He was a suspect in multiple thefts in the ares. Photos were sent from the Des Moines Walmart to other stores to compare with photos and videos from the Newton store. He matched the description of the man seen leaving the store with stolen items and Peterson was seen in a vehicle that matches the description of the vehicle the suspect was seen leaving the Newton store in. At 1:08 p.m. Sept. 10, officers were called to the Newton Walmart on a report of a shoplifter who fled the store. Officers met with loss prevention at the store who told officers a man identified as Peterson was inside the store with a backpack and toolbox in his possession. He was seen leaving out the east back fire door with both items. He met a female driving a vehicle, placed the stolen items in the car and left without paying for the items valued at $50.12. Peterson was arrested on the warrants for the charges at the Polk County Jail on Sept. 17.

• Patti L. Gardner, 60, of Newton, was charged with second-degree burglary and Christopher L. Cleveland, 38, of Newton, was charged with first-degree burglary at 7:50 a.m. Oct. 13. According to the Newton Police Department, it was reported Gardner and Cleveland went to the victim’s apartment and knocked on the door. When the victim answered the door, Gardner asked if they could come in. The victim advised the pair they were not welcome there and asked them to leave. Gardner pushed her way into the residence, followed by Cleveland. Once inside, Cleveland began to physically assault the victim resulting in minor injuries to his left arm. Gardner also struck the victim several times over the head with her fist. Gardner and Cleveland were arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail. Gardner was also arrest on a Jasper County warrant for failure to appear on a public intoxication charge.

• Paige L. Agee, 30, of Sully, was charged with fourth-degree theft from an incident at 2:34 p.m. July 19 at 300 Iowa Speedway Drive. According the Newton Police Department, officers were notified by Walmart management Agee was observed on CCTV under ringing items on the self checkout. She was observed approximately 24 times under ringing items which totaled up to $641.43 loss of merchandise for Walmart. The actions permanently deprived the store of its merchandise and payment for it. She was cited and released.

• John P. Payne, 33, of Newton, was charge with violation of no contact order at 6:04 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020 in the 1400 block of North 11th Avenue East. According to the Newton Police Department, officers were dispatched in reference to a no contact order violation. Dispatch advised Payne had an active NCO with the victim from the district court that was served July 15. Officers made contact with the victim at the residence and advised officers Payne was standing behind the front door. Payne was instructed to step outside by police and he complied. Payne told officers he knew the NCO was still in place but had nowhere else to go following his release from jail. He was taken into custody and was also arrested on a Polk County warrant for a probation violation. He was taken to jail.

• Paul R. H. Thompson, 21, of Newton, was arrested at 6:35 p.m. Oct. 14 in the 300 block of East 12th Street North on a Jasper County warrant for violation of probation on original charge of third-degree burglary. He was taken to jail.

• Kyle E. Chance, 36, of Newton was arrested at 12:23 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 800 block of East 12th Street. North on two Jasper County probation violation warrants on original charges of domestic assault. He was taken to jail.

• Robin L. Davis, 43, of Newton was arrested at 5:48 p.m. Oct. 15 at 400 North Second Avenue East on a Department of Corrections warrant on a parole violation. She was taken to jail.

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