Theft call leads to arrest

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A man was arrested for active warrants in Iowa after a theft call early Wednesday morning.

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, officers responded to a call at the 300 block of 36th Street Southwest at 5 a.m. A female living at the residence told police two men were visiting her. After getting into a verbal confrontation with them, she left the residence at 3 a.m.

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When she returned at 4:30 a.m., one of the men, Calvin Farrow Sr., 36, of Mapleview, had left the residence. She noted that a flat screen television and five smart phones were missing. She suspected Farrow was behind the theft.

The other male, David Richards, 47, of Ottumwa, Iowa, was asleep at the residence. Police ran Richards’ name through the system and found he had active warrants for burglary in Davis County, Iowa. Richards was arrested and transported to Mower County jail.

Later in the morning, police found Farrow, who admitted to stealing the television. Farrow was cited for theft and released.

The television was returned to the victim; however, the smart phones were not recovered.