The Ottumwa Courier

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November 22, 2012

Bloomfield man steals 3 cars in one day

EDDYVILLE — A Bloomfield man was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly stealing three cars in three counties and eluding sheriff deputies.

Nicholas Cody Cone, 21, of Bloomfield, was arrested around 9 a.m. Wednesday near the Cargill Eddyville complex and charged with second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

Early Wednesday morning, Cone allegedly stole a vehicle in Davis County, drove it to Monroe County, wrecked it, stole another vehicle in Monroe County, wrecked it in Wapello County, stole yet another vehicle in Wapello County and abandoned it near Eddyville, where sheriff deputies finally arrested him, said Wapello County Sheriff Mark Miller.

Before allegedly stealing the last car in Wapello County, Cone entered a man’s garage, “presumably to take the vehicle and anything he could find in the vehicle,” Miller said.

But he didn’t get away with it.

“The victim in the garage got up early to go hunting, went out to his garage and came face to face with this guy,” Miller said. “[Cone] wasn’t able to get that guy’s car so he took off on foot, then took another vehicle just a little while later.”

Cone allegedly abandoned the final car in the 24000 block of 87th Street, or old U.S. Highway 34 west in the western part of Wapello County.

“We caught him down around the Eddyville Cargill complex,” Miller said. “He was trying to elude us on foot at that point. Cargill employees reported him to us, and we had enough law enforcement down there [to catch him].”

Miller said there is a lesson in this arrest.

“My belief is that all of these vehicles had their keys left in them,” Miller said. “So if there’s anything to learn from this, it’s to take your keys out of your car, even in rural areas.”

Miller said the Bloomfield Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will likely also press charges. Iowa State Patrol officers, Monroe County Sheriff deputies and Wapello County Sheriff deputies all helped in the arrest.

Bloomfield Police Chief Shawn Armstrong said they will charge Cone with second-degree theft, a Class D felony.

“[The charges are] all separate right now, but probably at some point we’ll throw them all together, since there are three jurisdictions involved,” Armstrong said.

Cone was charged with assault and possession of a controlled substance in March, harassment and persons under the legal age in 2011, and possession of drug paraphernalia, trespass and animal neglect in 2010.

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