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Man Accused of Burglary and Theft Caught Riding Stolen ATV

Written by on October 4, 2021

On Friday the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received two separate thefts reports within an hour apart. The first report was in the 10,000 block of Highland Center Road and the second one was in the 13,000 block of 120th Avenue. It was determined that both thefts happened around 3AM-6AM.

  • Highland Center Road Burglary- The suspect entered into several outbuildings. The suspect stole farm related equipment and then left the property on a dirt bike.
  • 120th Avenue- A small (kids) Polaris ATV was stolen from behind the residence.

During the course of the investigation, Deputies located a dirt bike and trailer abandoned in the woods near the 4H building on 120th Avenue. Deputies located several items on the trailer that were stolen from Highland Center Road burglary. Law Enforcement believed that the individual would return for the dirt bike at a later day. 

On Saturday at 12:30AM, Deputies observed an individual pull into the area where the dirt bike was abandoned at. The individual arrived on a kids Polaris ATV. A Deputy attempted to make contact with the individual but he fled into the wooded area. Wapello County K9 Hex was deployed. K9 Hex led Deputies to the location of the individual who was attempting to hide. The individual was identified as 36-year old Jamison Grant Leathers.

Investigators interviewed Leathers who admitted to the theft and burglary. Furthermore, it was determined that the ATV Leathers arrived on was the stolen one from the previous night.

Leathers was arrested and transported to the Wapello County Jail on the criminal charges of: Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree both are Class D Felonies.  Leathers bonded out of jail.  

Jamison Grant LeathersPhoto Courtesy Wapello County Sheriff’s Department