Adel man arrested on warrants after caught in kayak caper

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Nicholas Andrew Wallace, 21, of Adel was arrested Wednesday by officers of the Adel Police Department


An Adel man is in the Dallas County Jail Wednesday due to his love of water sports.

Nicholas Andrew Wallace, 21, was arrested by officers of the Adel Police Department on warrants for failure to appear last September to face fourth-degree theft and trespassing charges in connection with the theft of a kayak from an Adel residence.

Court records indicate Wallace, then a De Soto resident, and a female accomplice allegedly stole the water craft Aug. 25, 2018, from 1507 Main St. in Adel.

A witness to the alleged theft said Wallace “gave the female a nod with his head to where she pulled up to the residence of 1507 Main St.,” and “the male grabbed the kayak, threw it in the back of the truck and took off west down Main Street and then turned south on 18th Street.”

The witness said she then saw the vehicle — a small, red Chevrolet S10 — traveling east down Prairie Street, but now “there was no kayak” in the back of the truck. This was because, it is alleged, the crafty kayak cobbers stashed the orange and white Pelican brand boat in a nearby garage.

Adel Police Department Officer Bryce Deeth, who responded to the initial report of a theft in progress, reported he was “flagged down” by the resident at 1631 Main St. in Adel, who told him “a small, red truck just dropped off a kayak and put it inside his garage.”

The resident gave Deeth permission to enter his garage, and “there was an orange and white Pelican kayak sitting there,” according to Deeth. The owner of the kayak was summoned to the scene “and identified the kayak as indeed the kayak stolen from his property.”

Deeth’s investigation led him the next day to the vehicle used in the alleged theft and to its owner, and the accumulation of corroborating evidence led to the issuance of arrest warrants for Wallace.

Adel Police Department Chief Gordy Shepherd did not respond to requests for comment on the circumstances of Wallace’s arrest Wednesday in Adel.

Wallace is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $3,300 bond. He is scheduled to appear before a Dallas County Magistrate at 9 a.m. Thursday.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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