The Ottumwa Courier

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February 20, 2014

Police nab skid loader burglars

OTTUMWA — Usually signs or tools are the only things that are stolen from construction sites, but two burglars had a much bigger plan Wednesday morning.

According to a press release issued by the Ottumwa Police Department, at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday they received a report that a skid loader had been stolen from the Market Street Bridge construction site.

This wasn’t just a case of a few teens playing a prank on the construction workers by hiding a skid loader, though. Investigations led police officials to the discovery that the stolen skid loader had in fact been used in a burglary on the south side of Ottumwa.

According to the news release, the burglars used the skid loader to steal several car transmissions from 276 N. Davis St., and then transported them to 214 N. Marion St. The loader was then found at an apartment building at 143 Lincoln St.

The transmissions were seized by police officials and later returned to the owner. Police were also able to identify two suspects and made two arrests in connection with the crimes.

Todd Michael Sexton, 36, 226 N. Jefferson St., and Kyle Austin Davis, 25, of Ottumwa, were both charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree theft and conspiracy. They are both currently being held in the Wapello County Jail, with Sexton’s bond being placed at $15,000 and Davis’ bond at $10,000.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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