Jefferson Iowa Man Faces Multiple Game and Burglary Violations

A Jefferson man is facing several charges relating to game violations and burglary.

Derek Eugene Ott, 27, of Jefferson, was charged by DNR conservation officers on December 4, 2008 for no hunting license, no habitat fee, no fur harvesters license, unlawful possession of raccoon (three counts), unlawful possession of buck whitetail deer (four counts), fifth degree theft, possession of stolen property and trespassing.

A judgment against him was filed in Greene County District Court on Feb. 12 for no hunting license, no habitat fee, no fur harvesters license, unlawful possession of raccoon (three counts), unlawful possession of buck whitetail deer (one count) and fifth degree theft. He also received a magistrate ordered five year suspension of his hunting and trapping privileges and liquidated damages assessed against him in the amount of $5,600.

Ott is also awaiting trial on three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree (Class D Felony) and Ongoing Criminal Conduct (Class B Felony) by the Greene County Sheriff's Office as a result of the property seized by DNR conservation officers during a consent search of his residence and later search warrant served by the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation of Ott by DNR Conservation Officers Dan Pauley and Nathan Haupert began in early December after receiving a complaint of someone stealing traps from road ditches around the Jefferson area. The investigation led to the recovery of many stolen traps from as long ago as 10 years. Traps from at least six different owners were identified. Many other traps were not able to be tied back to their original owners. The investigation also led to the discovery of the four illegal deer and three illegal raccoons.

During the investigation, Haupert and Pauley located items that were believed to be stolen during burglaries around the Jefferson area. Those items were seized and turned over to the Greene County Sheriff's Office. Those items were positively identified as being stolen during the burglaries.

Haupert then assisted the Greene County Sheriff's Office by providing information that led to the issuance of a search warrant. Haupert assisted with the execution of the search warrant and more stolen property was recovered and believed to be from at least three other burglaries from around the Jefferson area.


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