Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 23, 2013

Burglary suspect Todd facing multiple charges

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — The execution of search warrants late last week led to the discovery of several items that had been reported stolen, and the arrest of a 27-year-old suspect from Knoxville. 

The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Knoxville Police Department and the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Dec. 21 at 1006 North Harlan in Knoxville, the home of Dustin Blake Todd, age 27. 

During this search, law enforcement officers recovered multiple items that had been reported stolen from local homes and businesses in recent months. Items include five firearms, narcotics and clothing. A subsequent interview with the suspect provided officers with more information in regard to the location of other stolen materials. The Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol searched two other unidentified homes in Knoxville, where nine more firearms were seized. Two compound bows were also found in a field north of Knoxville. 

Then, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 22, a search warrant for 31373 570th Street, Chariton, was executed.  At that time, the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol, seized over 50 firearms, marijuana and a large quantity of prescription medications.  Michael Jay Fisher, 44 of Chariton was charged in Lucas County with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, as well as Ongoing Criminal Conduct.

Fisher's charges were filed in Lucas County. The Journal-Express has not yet researched the charges against Fisher any further. 

As for Todd, there is also a warrant out for his arrest in the State of Michigan. Sheriff Jason Sandholdt, at the time of our interview, was unsure of the charge Todd is facing in that state. 

In Marion County, at least 11 criminal complaints have been filed against Todd. They are as follows: 

• Count 1-Burglary in the First Degree: Todd allegedly broke into the home of Blake Van Roekel at 342 Highway 14 in Otley. During the break-in, Van Roekel interrupted Todd and the suspect allegedly drew a handgun and threatened the man. Law enforcement collected evidence at the scene, including a pair of gloves and a Sunny D bottle. The suspect's vehicle was also identified by the homeowner as an escape was made. 

During the execution of the search warrant, among the items recovered was a pill bottle that had the name of Van Roekel's wife on it. Todd allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he had taken money from a wallet at the home. 

• Count 2-Burglary in the Third Degree: Todd is accused of breaking in to Kline's Kars on Nov. 16. Items recovered during a search include two calendars and prescription medications stolen during this incident. 

• Count 3-Burglary in the Third Degree: This charge alleges that Todd broke into Skull Duggery Tattoo in Knoxville on Dec. 18. Items allegedly taken, which were located behind the tattoo parlor, were recovered during the search. 

• Counts 4 and 5-Burglary in the Third Degree: Two vehicles, parked outside of the Cobblestone Inn in Knoxville on Dec. 18, were broken into. Todd allegedly stole items from one vehicle and damaged a window, as well as a tool box on a second vehicle. Items stolen from the first vehicle included boots and a coat, which had a combined value of $890. 

• Count 6-Burglary in the Third Degree: Anthony Emry of 1199 Erbe Drive returned to his home after taking his wife to an appointment on Dec. 18, when he discovered that his home had been ransacked and several items missing. Missing items included a 410 shotgun, a .20 gauge shotgun and a Remington 870, as well as mugs full of change. Todd allegedly confessed to taking these items and hiding them in a shed. Information about this burglary, as well as the incident at the Van Roekel home, were not released to the public prior to Todd's arrest. This is noted in the criminal complaints.

• Count 7-Theft in the Third Degree: This is related to the theft of items from one of the vehicles at Cobblestone.

• Count 8-Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree: This charges stems from the $500 damage to the window at Kline's, used to gain access.

• Count 9-Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree: Todd is facing this charge for allegedly causing $600 damage to the truck at Cobblestone.

• Count 10-Theft in the Fourth Degree: This charge was filed for the theft of $350 worth of items from Kline's. 

• Count 11-Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree: Todd is accused of this be cause of damage done at Skull Duggery. This includes $300 damage to doors and $100 for a damaged cash register cord. 

In an interview with the Journal-Express Sunday night, Sandholdt indicated that the investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely to be filed. He is thrilled with what has been accomplished thus far and grateful for the cooperative effort among several agencies to try to solve these crimes. 

Sandholdt added that the capture of, and allegations against Todd, do not account for all of the recent burglary activity in Marion County. There are still active investigations going on, more suspects at large and proper precautions should continue to be taken by the public. 

"I'm still after the other ones, too," Sandholdt said. "I want them all." 

In regard to Todd, Sandholdt stated in a press release, “I want to relay my gratitude to all of the citizens who provided information on possible suspects, the media who help spread the word about various leads, and the many agencies and officers who spent countless hours following up on those leads.  This truly was solved by a team approach.  When observant citizens take note of suspicious vehicles and people, take note of descriptions and license plate numbers, and call law enforcement with this information, they are helping keep our communities safe.”

Todd is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Dec. 27, at 9:30 a.m. We will have the latest on this case in the Dec. 27 print edition of the Journal-Express, and will provide any more information received on Friday here at