The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

June 24, 2013

Teens charged in series of car thefts

BLOOMFIELD — A group of teenagers was hit with multiple felony charges after allegedly stealing and wrecking nearly 20 vehicles in the last two weeks.

So far, three have been arrested after "upwards of 18 vehicles were stolen" between Davis, Jefferson and Wapello counties in the last two weeks, said Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis.

William McCarroll, 18, of Ottumwa, was charged with first-degree theft and two counts of second-degree theft after allegedly stealing a Hummer H2 from Drakesville and a Ford pick-up truck from Bloomfield early Thursday morning. He is being held in Davis County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.

McCarroll was first arrested on Thursday by Bloomfield police thanks to an officer's identification of him as the driver of the stolen pick-up in a pursuit on June 17 that started near Eldon, sped through Van Buren County and into Davis County, where law enforcement lost him on foot after he ditched the truck. He then allegedly stole an Oldsmobile Cutlass, which is submerged in Lake Arrowhead east of Ottumwa.

For the pursuit, he was also charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, fifth-degree criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Following his arrest, law enforcement interviews of other individuals led to the arrest of two other teenagers.

Cody Surber, 18, of Ottumwa, was charged with second-degree theft (conspiracy). He is being held in Davis County Jail on $5,000 cash-only bond.

"[Surber] conspired with two others to steal the car after that chase [on June 17] ... and we have yet to recover that car," Davis said. "It's out in the middle of Lake Arrowhead in Wapello County. We're trying, but we've got to get divers lined up and the DNR needs to get a tractor to get back in there. It's a mess."

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