Police Blotter

Woman jailed after reportedly taking $5,000 in bond money

A Storm Lake woman was charged with second-degree theft after allegedly taking bond money from a criminal case and using it for herself.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, police took a report in reference to a theft.

Police were told by a man that on Feb. 7, he was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a criminal charge with a $5,000 bond.

The man requested that Maria Cardenas, 56, of Storm Lake, take $5,000 of the man’s money and pay the bond so he could be released from jail, which Cardenas did.

In October 2014 the man’s criminal case was finalized and his bond money was returned, but the money went to Cardenas instead.

The man alleges that Cardenas received the $5,000 check and did not notify him, instead using the money for herself.

After an investigation on Wednesday, police arrested Cardenas and charged her with second-degree theft, a class D felony.

She was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $5,000 bond.


Woman reportedly steals from gas station

Thalia Valencia, 22, of Storm Lake, was arrested Wednesday morning after reportedly stealing store deposits from her employer.

Storm Lake Police were called to One Stop Shop on North Lake Avenue Wednesday morning and were told by store management that Valencia took $67 worth of store deposits on Dec. 16.

After an investigation police arrested Valencia and charged her with fifth-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor.

She was booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.


Water heater burns causing foul odor

Firefighters responded to 1612 Violet Lane in reference to a burning odor in the basement of the residence on Sunday at 5:20 p.m.

Upon arrival of firefighters, they determined that electrical components in a water heater had burned causing the odor.  Firefighters disconnected electrical power to the water heater to ensure no reoccurrence.

Damage was limited to the water heater.

There were no injuries.


Electrical pole catches fire

Firefighters responded to 610 Michigan St. in reference to a fire on an electrical pole on Monday at 6:33 a.m.

Upon arrival of firefighters, they determined that electrical wiring in the area of a transformer was arcing on a power pole, causing the pole to catch fire.

Firefighters remained on scene until utility crews cut the power to the pole and the fire was extinguished.


Wanted person arrested

Police responded to 214 Phillips St. in reference to locating a wanted person on Monday at 3:21 p.m.

Upon arrival police located and arrested Rodolfo Linares, 24, of Storm Lake, who was wanted out of Buena Vista County reference contempt of court.

Linares was booked into the county jail and was held without bond.