Des Moines man who stole $1,500 in HyVee booze arrested

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Jamal Saad Elawag, 35, of Des Moines was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Tuesday for failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree theft.


A Des Moines man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Tuesday in connection with an April incident in which he allegedly stole more than $1,500 in alcohol from the Waukee HyVee.

Jamal Saad Elawag, 35, of 2350 E. 24th St., Des Moines, was charged with failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree theft.

The incident occurred April 21 about 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Hickman Road, where Elawag and “two white females” entered the retail store and allegedly “stole approximately $1,553.30 worth of alcohol and other items,” according to court records.

The theft was recorded on store surveillance video, according to court records.

A warrant for Elawag’s arrest was ordered Aug. 6 in Dallas County District Court and served Aug. 17. Elawag was held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He pleaded guilty Saturday and will be sentenced Sept. 24 in Dallas County District Court.

Elawag was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2007 in Polk County District Court. He was was convicted of second-degree theft and third-degree theft in 2014 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree theft in 2014 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of three counts of fifth-degree theft in 2014 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of first-offense aggravated theft in 2015 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree theft in 2016 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of three counts of third-degree theft and one count of removal of theft-detection device over $200 in 2018 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree theft in 2019 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2020 in Polk County District Court.

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

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