The Oelwein Police Department, in July of 2012, investigated a theft to a business in the 300 block of 5th Avenue S.W. The investigation led to the arrests of Christopher Green, 40, from Atlantic, Iowa; and Ross Vandrimmelen, 29, of Newton, Iowa. Both subjects were charged with theft in the third degree and the case has since been disposed of through the courts. During the commission of the crime, a black 2004 Ford F-150 was used to transport the stolen property. The Oelwein Police Department and the Fayette County Attorney’s Office later filed for forfeiture of the vehicle. That forfeiture was recently granted.
“We have a need to replace an existing four wheel drive vehicle in our fleet and therefore we will place this vehicle into use as a police vehicle” stated Chief Jeremy Logan. “Our department often has the need for a truck to transport items related to our duties so this vehicle will compliment our fleet well. We have utilized other forfeited assets funds to add the white paint to the vehicle, decal and equip it. We have not utilized any tax payer funds to place this vehicle into our fleet. It has been completely funded by the use of funds seized from other persons involved in criminal activity.”
The Police Department anticipates placing the vehicle into service within the next couple of weeks.