The Ottumwa Courier

September 24, 2013

Stolen goods recovered in Fairfield

Ottumwa Courier

---- — FAIRFIELD — With two cases this week, the Fairfield Police Department may have found answers some residents have been asking for.

According to a press release from the department, officers on Monday received permission to search an apartment at 204 E. Hempstead Ave. Officers recovered two items reported stolen from two different cars: a skateboard stolen from a car parked on West Burlington Avenue and an iPad stolen out of a car on North Main Street.

Christian Tosh, 18, has been charged with theft.

That's also the day officers executed a search warrant at 906 W. Hempstead Ave. in Fairfield, where they found items they say were reported stolen in an unrelated burglary last month: a flat-screen TV, an Xbox and stereo equipment.

In addition, they found a small amount of a white, crystal-like substance that may be meth, they said in their press release.

The investigation continues, and charges are expected, they say.

As for ways to avoid getting items stolen out of your car (police say 11 cars have been burglarized in September alone), lock the doors and roll up the windows. The common denominator in the rash of thefts from cars has been, the release says, unsecured vehicles.

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark