County deputies uncover campsite of stolen items

Todd Sweet

Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputies have been busy with the inventory of up to 700 stolen items recovered last week following an investigation into a Waterloo man with a past history of theft that started earlier this month.

Todd O. Sweet, 47, was arrested on a warrant out of Missouri and for trespassing in the county on Nov. 30. Shortly after that arrest, Sweet was also charged with felony theft after allegedly stealing a trail camera. He remains in the Monroe County Jail.

A GPS tracking device found with Sweet upon his arrest was then used by police to locate a campsite in the woods off Lemen Road early last Tuesday evening, where a stolen Chevy pickup truck out of Missouri and Polaris ATV were discovered — along with hundreds of other items police believe were stolen.

“I think it’s going to account for most of the camper and shed burglaries we’ve been seeing around here when it’s all said and done,” Monroe County Sheriff Dan Kelley said. “But some of this stuff may have been stolen in Missouri.”

Monroe County Sheriff Dan Kelley holds up an EMS kit that was recovered along with up to 700 stolen items in an area off Lemen Road last week. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Police know the ATV was stolen a few months ago from Wm. Nobbe John Deere, and a handful of other recovered items they can trace to thefts reported locally.

A Glock handgun was also recovered, but the sheriff said that item has so far not been reported stolen. Other recovered items include camping stoves, video cameras, toolboxes, flashlights, gas cans, an EMS kit, and a calculator with the initials “A.M.”

No charges have been filed relating to the recovered items as of press time.

Anyone with information on this case, or those who think their belongings may be among the stolen items, may contact the sheriff’s department at 939-8681, ext. 236.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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