Wanted Ottumwa Man Accused of 1st Degree Burglary in Newton Arrested
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Wanted Ottumwa Man Accused of 1st Degree Burglary in Newton Arrested 1
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Polk County authorities have arrested an Ottumwa man wanted for allegedly pulling a knife on the manager of Farvers True Value in Newton. A warrant for 1st Degree Robbery was issued against 29 year old Stephen Michael Booth, after he was reportedly caught shoplifting December 6th. Newton Police say store security video shows Booth leaving Farver’s True Value with a Newton man who purchased some items. But Booth set off the security alarms by the door. After pulling two items out of his pockets, the store manager and another employee escorted Booth back to the break room to wait for police. While in the break room…the Ottumwa man allegedly pulls four more items from his pockets. Police claim he eventually attempted to run out the break room door, where the manager was standing….and pulled out a knife. He’s accused of putting the knife in the face of the manager. The manager reportedly opened the door and then pursued Booth as he ran out of the store, and got into the vehicle of the man he was initially leaving the business with…and they drove off.  Booth’s next court matter on the 1st Degree Robbery charge is set for Monday February 5th. 

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