Panora woman caught with stolen cell phone, ‘loaded’ meth rig

Abigail Colleen Van Hoff, 27, of Panora was arrested Thursday on charges of theft, possession of methamphetamine, interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Panora woman was arrested Thursday night after law enforcement used a phone-tracker app to locate a stolen phone allegedly in her possession, and she became resistant in the face of detention.

Abigail Colleen Van Hoff, 27, of 2518 Wagon Road, Panora, was charged with third-degree theft, first-offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident began shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, when a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff was using a phone-location app to track the location of a phone reported stolen from a person in Urbandale. The tracker app located the phone in a vehicle traveling in the 18000 block of Old Highway 6 in rural Adel.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle and identified Van Hoff as a passenger in the vehicle. According to court records, Van Hoff “stated she did have a phone belonging to the victim.”

According to court records, Van Huff allegedly “became uncooperative” when the deputy was attempting “to retrieve the phone.” When the deputy “attempted to detain” Van Huff, she “resisted,” and the deputy was compelled “to escort her to the ground” in order to “detain her in handcuffs.”

A search of Van Hoff’s property allegedly disclosed the stolen cell phone and a collector’s coin also belonging to the victim.

Among other items allegedly found in Van Huff’s possession were “a digital scale, metal spoon with residue, glass meth pipe with residue and several syringes, one of which was ‘loaded’ with a liquid that field tested positive for methamphetamine.”

Van Hoff was held in the Dallas County Jail prior to being released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled for an arraignment March 12 in Dallas 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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