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Man arrested after deputies investigate four-wheeler thefts

Dallas Reinier Tapley
Dallas Reinier Tapley

OTTUMWA – Wapello County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man last week after opening an investigation into the theft of two utility task vehicles.

Dallas Reinier Tapley, 22, of Ottumwa was arrested on Tuesday night and charged with: first-degree theft, a C felony; possession of methamphetamine; a D felony; assault on a peace officer; a serious misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; and interference with official acts; a simple misdemeanor.

According to a report filed by Wapello County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy McDowell, he and fellow deputy Aaron McConnell were conducting a search Tuesday in the 20000 block of Bluegrass Road in Wapello County as part of an investigation into a stolen four-wheeler. The two deputies found Tapley hiding behind a pile of brush on the property.

McDowell wrote in his report that Tapley attempted to avoid arrest “by going through myself,” and then attempted to strike McDowell with his fists, unsuccessfully. McDowell noted that he had identified himself as a deputy, was wearing a department-issued uniform and was operating a marked patrol vehicle.

Tapley was booked into the Wapello County Jail on a $30,000 cash bond.

The investigation that led to the arrest began on Jan. 31 when a Polaris High Lifter UTV was reported stolen from the 11000 block of 180th Avenue in rural Wapello County. The UTV was reported to have an estimated value of $18,000. The UTV was recovered the following day at a residence in the northern part of Davis County.

On Feb. 2, a Can-Am UTV was reported stolen from the 8000 block of 215th Avenue in rural Wapello County. The UTV was reported to have an estimated value of $10,000. It was recovered two days later in the 20000 block of Bluegrass Road in Wapello County.

A news release from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office indicated both UTVs had been returned to their rightful owners.