Receipt found in field leads to pair in gear, trailer theft

Robert Augspurger, Above,

and Andrew Chipps below.

Store video spots suspect vehicle

A Walmart receipt found by a Sac County Deputy led to the arrest of two men who allegedly stole a construction trailer from the McDonald’s construction site at the intersection of East Milwaukee and Seneca Street.        

The construction trailer was reported stolen last Saturday at noon.

Police were told that the trailer was valued at $3,400, which held tools and equipment valued at $7,000.

Those tools were stolen from the construction site sometime after 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

On Saturday afternoon police were told that the stolen trailer was located by a Sac County Deputy in a field at 290th Street, approximately four miles north of M43.

The contents of the trailer had been removed.

A Sac County Deputy observed a Storm Lake Walmart receipt at the scene.

That information led Storm Lake Police and the Walmart Loss Prevention Staff to review security camera footage at the store and locate the suspects in their vehicle.

At 3 a.m. Monday, a Storm Lake Police Officer observed a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle parked at the Storm Lake Super 8 motel.

Police located the people associated with the vehicle and identified them as the people observed on the Walmart security camera.

Police took two men into custody, Robert Augspurger, 22, of Ogden and Andrew Chipps, 22, of Boone.

Police say that both men went to the McDonald’s construction site and stole the equipment trailer.

They towed the trailer, owned by local brick mason Steve Tate, to a construction site in Early where they forced entry in the trailer and removed several items placed on the property at 102 South Main in Early.

They then traveled to Augspurger’s residence at 619 West Elm St. in Ogden and placed the remainder of the stolen tools in a locked storage shed on the property.

The two men then returned to Sac County where they abandoned the trailer.

On Monday morning police executed a search warrant on room #238 at the Super 8 and on both men’s trucks, which had been impounded by the police.

At 12:30 p.m. Storm Lake and Sac County Deputies executed a search warrant at 102 South Main St. in Early (the former lumberyard that is being demolished by the city).

At 3 p.m. Monday Storm Lake Police and Ogden Police executed a search warrant at 619 West Elm St. in Ogden.

Police report that at every location where search warrants were executed, stolen property and evidence were located and seized.

Police charged both Augspurger and Chipps with theft.

In addition, Chipps was wanted out of Woodbury County on a charge of escape/absence from custody in reference to theft.

Both men were booked in the Buena Vista County Jail on a $5,000 bond each.