Daily Record, May 11, 2017

Man faces theft and forgery charges

A man is set to be arraigned on multiple charges later this month following an investigation by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office alleging identity theft, forgery and theft.

Brandon Gobble, 31, appeared in Marshall County District Court Wednesday after he had been arrested earlier this year on charges he stole his parents’ credit card making fraudulent purchases, forged a check to purchase a vehicle and also stole a utility trailer that he allegedly parked on his parents’ property in rural State Center.

“This appears to be a widespread crime spree,” said Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman.

According to court information and Hoffman, the man’s parents contacted law enforcement in March after they noticed unauthorized credit card transactions and withdrawals reflected in their monthly statement.

During a period of time from Feb. 5-11, Gobble allegedly used the credit card to make purchases in both Story and Jasper counties. Security video footage from different retailers and establishments, obtained by the sheriff’s office, confirmed Gobble’s participation in the credit card fraud.

The sheriff’s office also linked Gobble to a check with his father’s signature that was used to purchase a vehicle from a used car dealership in Ames. Video evidence in that case was also cited by Hoffman as evidence that helped a sheriff’s office investigator connect Gobble with the theft.

Finally, Gobble’s parents told authorities that their son had parked a utility trailer at their property, claiming he and a friend has obtained it from the friend’s mother, with plans to repaint it and sell it.

Authorities later learned that the trailer had been reported stolen from Ames, Hoffman said.

The effort to connect the dots in this particular case, the sheriff said, was a combination of good investigative police work along with security camera evidence.

“Our investigator had to go to Story and Jasper counties, obtain the security camera footage, talk with eyewitnesses. It does take time,” said Hoffman. “The security video evidence in this case also helped a great deal with the investigation. The value of this evidence cannot be underestimated.”

Gobble’s arraignment is set for 1 p.m. May 22 in Marshall County District Court. He is currently being held at the Marshall County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Marshall County Courthouse

Court

Wednesday

• Brandon T. Gobble made an initial appearance on two counts of an identity theft charge, a theft-second degree charge and an ongoing criminal conduct charge. Gobble was also seen on a probation revocation request. Ben Stansberry has been hired as counsel. Gobble’s next court appearance is an arraignment hearing at 10 a.m. on May 22 with the probation revocation hearing at 2 p.m. on June 6. Gobble is being held without bond on the probation violation. The bond on the other charges is $25,000 cash or surety.

• Demetreis Bloch, of Des Moines, made an initial appearance on a theft-second degree charge, a driving under suspension charge, a burglary-third degree charge and a failure to appear for a sentencing hearing charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel. The preliminary hearing on the theft, burglary and driving under suspension charges is set at 1p.m. on May 22. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety. The sentencing hearing is rescheduled at 2:30 p.m. on June 6. Bond on this charge is $5,000 cash only.

• Eduardo Contreras Ordaz made an initial appearance on a violation of a no-contact order/contempt of court charge. The preliminary hearing is set at 1p.m. on May 24. Bond is set at $1,000 cash or surety. If he owns or possesses any firearms or ammunition, Contreras Ordaz is to contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office within 24 hours to make arrangements to surrender them. A new no-contact order has been issued for the protected party.

• Christina Lynette Alman made an initial appearance on an interference with official acts charge, a driving while barred charge and a turn violation charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel. The preliminary hearing is set at 1p.m. on May 22. Bond is set at $2,000 cash or surety.

• Donald Eugene Liger, of Liscomb, made an initial appearance on a sex offender violation charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel. The preliminary hearing is set at 1p.m. on May 22. Bond is set at $2,000 cash or surety.

• Kione Jerome Donelson made an initial appearance on a simple assault charge. Donelson pleaded not guilty to this charge. The pre-trial conference is set at 9 a.m. on June 7 in Magistrate Court. Donelson is released on his promise to appear. A no-contact order has been issued for the protected party.

• Michael Allen Glenn made an initial appearance on a probation violation charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel. The probation revocation hearing will be set by the District Court. Bond will continue as posted until the conclusion of this case.

• Robert Gene Gray, of Waterloo, made an initial appearance on a theft-fourth degree charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel. The preliminary hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. on May 30. Bond will continue as posted until the conclusion of this case. The court ordered that Gray be photographed and fingerprinted in connection with this case.

• Jamie Levone Snowten made an initial appearance on a speeding charge and a driving while revoked charge. The preliminary hearing is set at 1p.m. on May 30. Snowten is released on a promise to appear order.

• Alexa Rose Schoborg made an initial appearance on a possession of marijuana-first offense charge. Schoborg will represent self. The preliminary hearing is set at 1p.m. on May 30. Schoborg is released on her promise to appear. A substance abuse evaluation is ordered with the results submitted within 60 days to the court.

• Luke Adam Klonglan made an initial appearance on a parole violation charge, a driving while barred charge and a fraudulent use of registration charge. Christian Stickrod is appointed as counsel on the paroled charge. The public defender’s office is appointed as counsel for the driving charges. The preliminary hearing is set at 1p.m. on May 22. Bond is set at $2,000 cash or surety. The parole revocation hearing will be scheduled by Klonglan’s parole officer. On the parole charge, Klonglan is being held without bond.

• Tonya Lynn Weber made an initial appearance on a harassment-third degree charge. A pre-trial conference is scheduled at 9 a.m. on July 12 in Magistrate Court. Christian Stickrod is appointed as counsel.

• Juan Antonio Puga Puga made an initial appearance on a leaving the scene of an accident charge. Puga Puga pleaded guilty and the fine is $65 with a $22.75 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $147.75, due within 30 days.

• Augustin Torres Gomez made an initial appearance on a no insurance-accident charge, a no valid driver’s license charge and a leaving the scene of an accident charge. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for the no insurance and leaving the scene charges at 9 a.m. on June 21 in Magistrate Court. Torres Gomez pleaded guilty to the driver’s license charge. The fine is $200 with a $70 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $330, due within 30 days.

• Eduardo Gonzalez made an initial appearance on a no valid driver’s license charge, a passing contrary charge, a speeding charge. A pre-trial conference on the driver’s license charge is scheduled at 9 a.m. on June 14 in Magistrate Court. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the speeding and passing charge. The fine on the speeding charge is $105 with a $36.75 surcharge, a $5 county enforcement initiative surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $206.75. The fine on the passing charge is $100 with a $35 surcharge, a $5 county enforcement initiative surcharge and $60 for a total of $200. All payments due in 30 days.

• Jessica Dawn Werner made an initial appearance on a dog at large charge and a no vaccination charge. Werner pleaded guilty to both charges. The fine on the dog at large charge is $50 with a $17.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $127.50. The fine on the no vaccination is $25 with a $8.75 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $93.75. All payments are due within 30 days.

• A 16-year-old female made an initial appearance on a minor using tobacco-second offense charge. A pre-trial conference is scheduled at 9 a.m. on June 14 in Magistrate Court.

Marshalltown Police Department

Arrests

• On Tuesday, Allen Williamson was arrested on a warrant from another county.

• On Tuesday, Brian Peschel was arrested for driving under suspension.

• On Tuesday, Luke Klonglan was arrested for driving while barred and on a warrant.

• On Tuesday, Demetreis Bloch was arrested on a warrant from another county.

• On Tuesday, Kione Donelson was arrested on a warrant.