Police Blotter

iPhone reported stolen at elementary school

A theft was reported on April 2 at Storm Lake Elementary School. The reporting party told police that her iPhone was stolen from her coat at school.

Police used GPS to track the phone to 318 S. Cherokee St. in Alta. On April 3 police conducted a consent search of the residence. Police were unable to find the stolen phone. Police identified a Storm Lake Middle School student living at the Alta address.

On April 10 police received information from the victim that her stolen phone was backed up online and, upon purchasing a new phone, she was able to access the data.

The girl discovered an image on the phone of the 13-year-old student who lived at the Alta residence. Police interviewed the suspect, a 13-year-old boy, on April 10, and arrested him, charging him with theft.

According to police, the boy was in the elementary school picking up a sibling when he stole the phone. He was processed and released to a parent pending a court date.


Theft at Walmart

A theft was reported at Walmart on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Police met with store staff who said that Thainexay Naphasaengthame, 46, of Storm Lake, was detained after stealing over $100 worth of merchandise from the store.

Police arrested and charged him with theft and booked him into the county jail on a $300 bond.


Early man charged with identity theft

Suspicious activity was reported at Citizens 1st National Bank at 529 Lake Ave. on April 7.

Police were told that Edgar Chica, 42, of Early attempted to open a bank account using another person’s identity. Bank staff recognized Chica and did not allow him to open the account. Police determined that on April 2, Chica did open a bank account under a false name at Central Bank in Storm Lake. He had attained employment at Harvest International under a false name in 2013.

On Friday at 5 p.m. police arrested Chica and charged him with identity theft, tampering with records and forgery. He was booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond.


Lake View man allegedly steals from Walmart

A theft was reported at Walmart Thursday at 7:21 p.m. Store staff reportedly saw a person carrying a sweatshirt on a hanger and a short time later, they saw the same person wearing the sweatshirt without paying for it. Police met with staff and arrested Shawn Freier, 18, of Lake View. Freier was charged with theft and was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond.


Stolen iPad recovered

Police were called to 907 E. First St. after a report of a theft Saturday at 9:10 p.m. Police were told that one month ago an iPad was stolen at Storm Lake High School and that the iPad was recently re-activated. A GPS coordinate was given on its current location.

Police went to 1409 N.  Seneca St. and made contact with a 17-year-old boy from Storm Lake. Police found the iPad and arrested the boy. He was charged with theft and was processed and released to a parent pending a court date. The case was forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.


Omaha man reportedly grabs woman by throat, hits her 

A person threatened to damage a vehicle Saturday at 11:15 p.m. when police were called to the 400 block of West Eighth Street.

Ryan Krebbs, 24, of Omaha allegedly grabbed a woman by her throat and struck her while in a vehicle at that location. Police were told that Krebbs assaulted the woman the day before at Casey’s East in Storm Lake where he injured her by hitting her in the face. Police arrested Krebbs and charged him with domestic assault strangulation and domestic assault causing bodily injury. He was booked into Buena Vista County Jail and was held without bond. The woman did not require medical attention.