DNA at Redfield burglary site traced to Des Moines man

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Nathan Levi Stone, 31, of Des Moines, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant first-degree robbery and third-degree burglary-motor vehicle in connection with an August 2019 incident in Redfield.

A Des Moines man was arrested Tuesday on a Dallas County warrant after lab tests showed his DNA matched the DNA on a pop bottle left at the scene of a Redfield burglary in August 2019, when some $2,400 worth of tools were stolen from a vehicle.

Nathan Levi Stone, 31, of 1901 E. 21st St., Des Moines, was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree burglary-motor vehicle.

According to court documents, a theft was reported in the 14100 block of 240th Street in Redfield Aug. 4, 2019, about 7 a.m., when a vehicle “was broken into with approximately $2382 worth of tools stolen from the vehicle.”

Investigation by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office found “a pop bottle was located inside the vehicle that did not belong to the owners. The bottle was collected and sent to the DCI
lab for DNA testing. Results from the lab found a DNA profile that was matched to Nathan Stone.”

According to court records, a law enforcement made contact with Stone, and “Stone admitted to being on the property and breaking into the vehicle and stealing the items inside.”

Stone is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance Wednesday in Dallas County District Court.

Stone currently faces charges in Polk County District Court of third-degree burglary-motor vehicle and four counts of unauthorized use of a credit card under $1,500 in connection with a November 2019 incident and charges of third-degree burglary and second-offense possession of a controlled substance in connection with a December 2019 incident.

He was convicted in Polk County District Court of third-degree theft in 2015, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft in 2014 and third-degree burglary-motor vehicle in 2010. He was convicted in Warren County District Court of second-degree theft in 2011 and of third-degree burglary and unauthorized use of a credit card under $10,000 in 2007.

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

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