Tip lead law enforcement to suspects

A local tipster helped law enforcement arrest two Webster City residents who are suspected to have held up two stores.

Hamilton County Sheriff Denny Hagenson said an anonymous person was awarded $250 from Hamilton County Crime Stoppers for providing information that lead to the arrests. Andrew Howard Ross Kroeze, 18, of Webster City, and a 17-year-old unidentified minor from Webster City have been charged with first degree robbery after they allegedly robbed the Sparky’s One Stop Convenience Store in Stanhope on Feb. 17.

While investigating the incident, Hagenson said that Ida County Sheriff Wade Harriman talked with him about another Sparky’s location in Battle Creek that was robbed on Feb. 14. While interviewing the suspects, Hagenson said one of the suspects said he was involved with that robbery as well.

“Now it’s just a matter of going to court on it,” Hagenson said. “It’s through Crime Stoppers though that it was able to happen.”

While Hamilton County Crime Stoppers lists rewards for information leading to the arrests of wanted individuals on their posters, Hagenson said rewards are also offered for information leading to an arrest for any criminal activity. Community members can provide Crime Stoppers with tips by calling (515) 832-8437 or by text messaging 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword IA40.

“Any criminal activity that somebody is willing to come forward with that will lead to an arrest or apprehension, Crime Stoppers is more than happy to pay out whatever we can afford to,” Hagenson said.

Hagenson said the program has been a good asset for law enforcement in Hamilton County. On the most recent Crime Stoppers wanted poster, he said that 40 percent of those pictured have been arrested or turned themselves in.The program has also helped his office work with other agencies such as the Ida County Sheriff’s office in these recent robberies.

“Crime Stoppers is working very well for us,” Hagenson said. “One tip leads to another and it can be passed on.”

Hagenson said he wanted to thank the Crime Stoppers board and community members who have donated to the program. Through local donations, Hagenson said Crime Stoppers is able to incentivize these tips that help stop many kinds of crime. For more information on Hamilton County Crime Stoppers, visit hcstopcrime.com.

As with all charges, Hagenson noted that those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.