---- — OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man was convicted of felony theft due to his participation in a string of burglaries two years ago.
In summer 2011, the Ottumwa Police Department and the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation after multiple burglaries and thefts were reported in Ottumwa and the county.
The investigation resulted in a search warrant conducted on a trailer registered to R and C Auto and Auto Repair, controlled by Clifford Lynn McNeal, 50. The truck was filled with construction tools and equipment stolen that summer.
It was alleged that McNeal knowingly bought a large quantity of the stolen items from a crime spree that summer.
John Wey, Lynn Wey, Michael Jones and McNeal were arrested for their participation in the criminal activities associated with the burglaries and thefts.
On April 22, McNeal was convicted by a Wapello County jury of first-degree theft (possession of stolen property), a Class C felony. Charges of ongoing criminal conduct and fraudulent practices were dismissed. He will be sentenced on July 15.
John Wey, 44, of Ottumwa, pleaded guilty to ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony, for his involvement in the crime spree and is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.
Charges are still pending for Lynn Wey, 54, of Ottumwa, and Jones, 40, of Blakesburg, who were each originally charged on three counts of aiding and abetting and joint criminal conduct.