Missouri Man Arrested Following Theft Investigation

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A Missouri man is behind bars following an investigation into a burned vehicle left in a remote area.

On May 5th, 2020, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 15,000 block of Rock Bluff Road in Ottumwa for a report of a vehicle left in a remote area. The vehicle had been burnt and as such was not easily identifiable. As a result of an investigation it was determined that the vehicle had been stolen from Putnam County, Missouri on April 23, 2020. The vehicle had been stolen from a residence that became engulfed in flames.

Further investigation by the Wapello County Sheriffs’ Department led to allegations that 37 year old Benjamin Franklin Felter of St. Louis, Missouri was responsible. It was also alleged that Felter had been in the Ottumwa area during the same time frame with another stolen vehicle, this one stolen from Kirksville, Missouri on April 22. Warrants in Felter’s name were subsequently issued.

Felter was transported from Missouri and booked in the Wapello County Jail on July 1, 2020. He has been charged with 1st Degree Theft, 2nd Degree Theft, 2nd Degree Arson, 1st Degree Criminal Mischief, 3 counts of Unauthorized Use of Credit Cards, and Possession of an Incendiary Device in a Correctional Facility. Felter is currently being held at the Wapello County Jail in lieu of $51,000.

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