Two Arrested In Vehicle Theft Ring Investigation

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Two men arrested in Council Bluffs Thursday are accused of a string of car thefts and burglaries across four counties. Investigators are trying to determine just how far-reaching the crime spree might be.

Don King's 1975 Chevy Camaro was stolen right off of his property in Neola, Iowa at the end of January. It was recovered on Monday but it wasn’t the same.

King said, “I don't understand why people, they put it up on top of a hill, got out of it, rolled it down the hill into a ravine. What do you get out of that for enjoyment?”

Thirty-year-old Andrew Arrick, and his brother, 18-year-old Sean Arrick were arrested. Both are from Council Bluffs.

Pottawattamie, Shelby, and Crawford counties in Iowa and Colfax County in Nebraska shared information with each other that led the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department to a stolen truck in the suspects’ driveway. It matched the description of one stolen in Crawford County.

When investigators moved in Thursday, they also found a ‘97 Chevy Pickup, and a ‘36 Pontiac Coupe street rod, already chopped for parts. They also found other parts they believe came from stolen vehicles.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jefferey Danker said, “At this time, the only thing we know is what we've found here. Now, as we go through this process, if we can locate numbers on some of the parts that are there, we might be able to solve some other ones.”

King says if the Arricks are the ones responsible for all of this, he'll work with prosecutors to put them in prison.

“Not only slap their hands, but make an example of this,” he said. “We're a small town community and most of the communities that they attacked were small town communities that we feel safe in. And we want to keep feeling safe, so we want them behind bars.”

The men are being charged with several crimes in each county.

For allegedly stealing the Camaro, an ATV, a Corvette, which is still missing, and other items, they're being charged in Pottawattamie County for First-Degree Theft and Second Degree Possession of Stolen Property. Additional charges are pending.

In Crawford County, Sean Arrick is accused of stealing five pickup trucks and the roadster. He's facing six counts of thefts in first degree and three counts of burglary in 3rd degree.

Harrison County suspects the two in connection with several burglaries.

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