Trail camera image

This trail camera image, posted to Facebook by the property owner, helped law enforcement confirm the male's identify, police said.

OTTUMWA — A Playboy bunny tattoo was used to identify Ottumwa man for his involvement in a June burglary near Rathbun Lake, police said.

A Centerville police officer arrested Jon Lewis Carranza, 38, of Ottumwa, Thursday. Carranza has been charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; control of firearm by felon, a Class D felony; and possession of burglar’s tools, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Trail cameras at the property, located on Highway J18 near Rathbun Lake, showed a male involved with a Playboy bunny tattoo on his left arm. That detail helped law enforcement identify Carranza, a deputy from the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office wrote in court filings.

The burglary was reported at 12:45 p.m. on June 26 after the property owner noticed the back door of an old house was open. A machine shed was also reportedly entered and items there were stolen, as well.

Trail cameras show images from 8:49 p.m. and onward the previous night, June 25, and show a man police say is Carranza walking toward the house.

An Appanoose County Deputy said he was contacted through Facebook Messenger by Carranza and made admissions about the burglary on June 27.

Items reported stolen included a 16-gauge shotgun. Another male was involved, according to court filings. He told law enforcement he was originally summoned by Carranza to help with a flat tire. Authorities served a search warrant on that male’s vehicle and located some items that were taken.

Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson said charges are being filed against an additional suspect.

Carranza had an initial appearance Thursday, where bond was set at $5,000. He has a preliminary hearing set for July 31.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian and can be reached at or by calling (641) 856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker


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