Woman faces charges after string of thefts
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Sheldon Police Department has filed multiple criminal charges against a Sibley woman for her alleged involvement in several package thefts in Sheldon, Iowa.
SIBLEY, Iowa - The Sheldon Police Department has filed multiple criminal charges against a Sibley woman for her alleged involvement in several package thefts in Sheldon, Iowa.
Becky Lynn Vander Plaats, 43, is facing third-degree theft charges and an aggravated misdemeanor after it was determined that she was involved with at least nine thefts. She was also charged with nine counts of simple misdemeanor trespass.
The Sheldon Police Department received 26 separate reports from residents who had packages stolen from the front entry areas of their homes between December 2013 and February 2015. The packages had been delivered to the homes by several different shipping and postal delivery services. The packages contained a variety of items including clothing, electronics, craft items, shoes, tools and numerous other miscellaneous items.
Officers executed a search warrant March 9 at Vander Plaats’ residence at 526 Ninth Ave., Sibley. Numerous items of evidentiary value were seized from the home.
Vander Plaats will be required to appear in court on a future date to answer to these charges.
Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department.