Alleged jacket snatchers return to scene of crime

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Justin Dene Piper, 42, of Fort Dodge, left, and Jamie Lynn Wiley, 35, of Guthrie Center were each arrested Monday on charges of third-degree theft.


A man and woman were arrested Monday evening after allegedly stealing two jackets from Scheel’s at the Jordan Creek Center and later returning one of the jackets for store credit.

Justin Dene Piper, 42, of 433 N. 19th St., Fort Dodge, was arrested on a Polk County warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of trespassing and on a charge of third-degree theft.

Jamie Lynn Wiley, 35, of 2613 Church Lane, Guthrie Center, was arrested on a Madison County warrant for probation violation on original charges of second-offense possession of a controlled substance and possession of contraband in correctional institution and on a charge of third-degree theft.

The incident began Monday about 8 p.m. at a West Des Moines sporting goods retailer, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of a theft in progress.

The store’s loss prevention associate showed security camera footage to the officers that appeared to show Piper and Wiley each stealing a jacket from the store, according to court records.

The pair later reentered the business, returned one of the stolen jackets and received an in-store credit for the item, according to court records.

The value of the jacket and the issued credit amounted to $1,265.11.

Piper is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

Piper was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2020 in Webster County District Court.

Wiley is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

Wiley was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2010 in Union County District Court. She was convicted of third-degree theft in 2012 in Union County District Court. She was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2013 in Marion County District Court. She was convicted of third-degree theft in 2018 in Polk County District Court. She was convicted of third-degree theft in 2020 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

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

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