WAPELLO, Iowa — After investigating a rash of vehicle thefts and parties involving drugs and alcohol with minors present, the Wapello Police Department has arrested five individuals, and announced any minors out past curfew and their parents will be cited.
The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected, according to a press release from the Wapello Police Department.
A 17-year-old from New London has been arrested and charged with first-degree theft, a class C felony, second-degree theft, a class D felony, and second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, in alleged connection with a vehicle theft.
Also in alleged connection with a vehicle theft, a 16-year-old and a 15-year old, also of New London, have both been charged with first-degree theft, a class C felony, and second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony.
Jasper Dominquez, 20, of Wapello, has been charged with accessory after the fact, and aggravated misdemeanor, and providing false information to law enforcement, a simple misdemeanor.
Chet Williams, 51, of Wapello, has been charged with maintaining a premise which is resorted to by using illegal drugs, an aggravated misdemeanor, and gatherings where controlled substances are unlawfully used, a serious misdemeanor, in alleged connection with a party that occurred on Nov. 24.
“Feral Youths have been coming to Wapello to party, bringing with them their criminal actions," said Wapello Police Chief Wayne Crump in the email press release. "We have vehicles getting stolen, criminal mischief incidents, etc. This has not been a positive influence on our local youths. We will not tolerate this. These individuals must think this is the Promised Land where they can do as they wish and prey upon the hardworking citizens. This isn’t going to happen.”
The police department recommends all residents lock their vehicles and take their keys. The Wapello Police Department has already issued multiple curfew violations, as well as violations to parents/legal guardians, according to the press release.
Curfew in the City of Wapello is listed as 10 p.m.-6 a.m. for children 15 and under, and 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 12-6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for minors age 16 and 17. Exceptions include when a minor is present at or traveling between home and their place of employment, religious activity, or school activity.
For more information about curfew in Wapello, see the city code section 46.01.