BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DONNELLSON – Donnellson police have made one arrest and are on the lookout for a suspect in connection with the recent theft of statues in Lee and Van Buren counties in Iowa.
According to a Wednesday evening press release from Donnellson/West Point Police Chief Brad Roberts, on August 1st, 2017, the Donnellson Police Department obtained arrest warrants for persons suspected of stealing a bronze statue from the Railroad Park in Donnellson.
Information regarding the theft of the statue was investigated over the course of the past 10 days and led officers to evidence supporting the request for arrest warrants on Skylah Christine Beach, 25, of Burlington, and Gregory Michael Crall Jr., 32, also of Burlington.
In the early morning hours of July 23rd, 2017, suspects stole a bronze statue from Railroad Park in Donnellson. The statue, valued at over $4000 was labeled “Lazy Days” and located in a flower bed in the park. Suspects tied a chain around the statue and dragged the statue from its location, north on Main St., to a gravel road in Lee County, where the statue was broken into pieces. Suspects later drove to a scrap recycling center south of Mt. Pleasant, and were issued checks for the items.
On August 2nd, 2017, Skylah Beach was arrested at a residence in Burlington, IA for the warrant, and transported to the Lee County Jail, where she is being held pending a court appearance. She was charged with 2nd-degree theft, a Class D Felony, which carries a maximum penalty in Iowa of five years imprisonment. Phone calls to Chief Roberts on Wednesday evening went unreturned and Crall is assumed to be still at large.
Donnellson Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the West Point Police Department, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lee County Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Donnellson Police Department 319-835-5714 or Lee County Crimestoppers at 800-382-8900.