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January 23, 2014

OPD search warrants lead to two arrests

OTTUMWA — A second round of search warrants executed at two Ottumwa homes has led to the arrest of two Ottumwa men who are being charged with burglary, according to an Ottumwa Police Department press release.

In the press release, which was issued Thursday afternoon by OPD, it states that police officers executed two search warrants in December during an investigation into a report of stolen property, then two more searches were executed on Tuesday.

On Dec. 30, 2013, the first search warrant was performed at 426 N. Iowa Ave., and the second was executed on Dec. 31, 2013, at 303 N. Marion St. There were no arrests made at that time, but officers recovered some of the property that was reported as stolen.

During the investigation, police officials were able to recover jewelry, tools, construction equipment, clothing, wall art, a deer head and other miscellaneous household items.

On Tuesday, officers executed another search warrant at both of the homes for a second time. OPD was able to recover additional property that was said to be stolen, according to the press release, and it was at that time when two arrests were made in accordance with the investigation.

Daniel Vandello, 30, of 426 N. Iowa Ave., was arrested and charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. James Edward Deevers, 29, of 303 N. Marion St., was also arrested and charged with one count of third-degree burglary and two counts of aiding and abetting third-degree burglary.

Both men are currently being held at the Wapello County Jail. Vandello is being held with a $20,000 cash-only bond, while Deevers is held on a $5,000 standard bond.

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

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