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Stolen vehicle crashes on high-speed chase, owner responds

The Volkswagen is currently at an auto repair shop/Submitted photo

Deputies say four suspects took a stolen vehicle on a high-speed chase starting in Hedrick late Saturday night, and crashed near the Ottumwa Regional Airport.

The four suspects in the vehicle: Schuyler Letts, Cemeron Babcock, Felicity McCloud and Christina Wagner were taken into custody Saturday night.

Letts was charged with Eluding, Operating Vehicle Without Owner's Consent, Interference with Official Acts and Driving with a Suspended License. Babcock, McCloud and Wagner were each charged with Interference with Official Acts. Babcock and McCloud posted bond and were released on Sunday.

The owner of the stolen Volkswagen Jetta told KTVO he doesn't recognize any of those names.

"I’ve never seen these people," said Devon Yeo, of Hedrick.

Yeo believes the suspects probably know someone in their family.

"About two weeks prior, before the car was stolen, someone broke into our house," Yeo said.

Yeo said at that time, a spare car key to the Volkswagen and some of their electronics were missing from their home.

"We felt violated,” Yeo said. “These people had access to anything they wanted."

Wapello County Chief Deputy Don Phillips told KTVO his deputies assisted Keokuk County with the chase around 11:30 Saturday night. He said officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver kept going until he reached Highway 149 and crashed near the airport.

Devan said word spread about the missing vehicle, which led officers to the suspects.

"I think if it wasn't for Facebook, and people being helpful sharing that post, we probably would've never found the car," Yeo said.

The Volkswagen’s front tire was blown out, and it sustained some damage to the fender. Yeo said the vehicle currently at an auto repair shop.

Keokuk County Sheriff Casey Hinnah was not immediately available Monday to provide more information about this chase. KTVO will bring more details as they become available.


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