Des Moines knickers burglar arrested Monday on warrant

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Rusty Wayne Sills, 62, of Des Moines was arrested Monday on a 2008 Dallas County warrant for probation violation in connection with his 2005 conviction for burglarizing women's underclothing.


A Des Moines man was arrested Monday on a 2008 Dallas County warrant for a probation violation in connection with his 2005 conviction for burglarizing women’s underclothing.

Rusty Wayne Sills, 62, of 1426 York Ave., Des Moines, was also issued four traffic citations Monday in Jasper County for fraudulent use of registration, operating a non-registered vehicle, driving while denied, suspended, canceled or revoked and failure to provide proof of financial liability.

Sills is held in the Dallas County Jail without bond. He is scheduled for a hearing June 11 in Dallas County District Court.

According to a news report, Sills was convicted of burglary in Polk County in 1980 and 1983. He was convicted in February 1999 and again in March 1999 of fifth-degree theft in Story County District Court after “stealing shoes from female students at Iowa State University.” He was convicted of second-degree burglary in 1999 in Polk County District Court after police confiscated “about 500 pairs of shoes, as well as underwear, negligees and magazines” in Sills’ possession.

Sills was arrested in July 2005 and charged with six counts of second-degree burglary “for allegedly stealing women’s panties, bras and socks from the laundry room” at a Des Moines apartment complex, according to a news report. The venue for the case was changed to Dallas County, and Sills was ultimately convicted of two counts of third-degree burglary in 2005 in Dallas County District Court.

Sills was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2005 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2006 in Story County District Court. He was convicted of burglary in 2015 in Pinellas County, Florida, after repeatedly stealing shoes left outside a private residence. “Rather than just take the shoes and run,” Sills “left behind another pair in their place,” according to a news report. He was later found to have some 100 pairs of women’s shoes in his vehicle.

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

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