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Teens arrested for stealing safe with $26,000 inside

Brittney Harwood, 19, of Ottumwa (Wapello County Jail).

Two Ottumwa residents are facing felony charges for allegedly stealing a safe.

Investigators say Brittany Michelle Harwood, 19, and accomplice Tanner Whitmore, 18, entered a house last month and stole a safe that contained nearly $26,000. Harwood was later allegedly seen with a crowbar, attempting to gain entry in to the safe after it was taken.

Wapello County court documents say that safe was later found in Harwood’s room.

Harwood was arrested Wednesday, and now she and Whitmore face First-Degree Theft and Aiding and Abetting, a Class C felony.

Harwood is currently in custody on a $10,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for March 21.

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