The Ottumwa Courier

February 20, 2014

Eldon man connected to multiple burglaries

Courier staff writer

---- — ELDON — A burglary at a rural Wapello County residence led to an investigation at an Eldon residence, and there deputies found a lot of peculiar items.

According to a press release issued by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department, information was discovered during preliminary stages of the investigation of the burglary at the rural Wapello County residence that led to a search warrant being issued for a home in Eldon.

The home, located at 703 W. Walnut St. in Eldon, was effectively searched on Wednesday, and there deputies found evidence associated with the burglary as well as items consistent with a different burglaries in Eldon and Jefferson County. Additional search warrants were then obtained in order to seize all of the stolen property that didn’t have to do with the first burglary.

As a result of the investigations, Nicholas C. Ballard, 33, of 703 W. Walnut St., Eldon, was charged with second-degree burglary, a class ‘C’ felony.

Ballard is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail, with a bond set at $10,000. According to the press release, there are additional charges anticipated in connection with the investigation.

Assisting the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation were the Eldon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

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