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Des Moines Police Sept. 28


Sept. 28, 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Burglary in the 1400 block of Wilson Avenue. The victim reported that when she returned home from work, she found the window of her backdoor had been broken out. The victim went upstairs to check on her jewelry and found her room in disarray. The victim discovered that a large amount of jewelry and watches were missing. There are no suspect(s) or witnesses at this time.


Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Assault in the 6400 block of Army Post Road. Officers spoke with the victim, who stated that she was planning on breaking up with her boyfriend but wanted to get her stuff back before she did. Her boyfriend picked her up at lunch, and they went to his house for her belongings. On the way back, the victim brought up a female’s name, which supposedly was the girl her boyfriend had been messing around with. At one point, the suspect said he was going to drop her off in Norwalk, but put the victim’s arm behind her back and pushed her out of the vehicle on 63rd Street and Army Post Road. He also threw her cell phone at her. The victim found her phone and called her sister to come pick her up. No witnesses at this time.


Sept. 28, 2:51 p.m.
Simple domestic assault in the 2300 block of Maple Street. Officers were dispatched to the previously mentioned address on a crime alert call regarding a domestic fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the male suspect, who stated that he and the child’s mother got into a fight over custody issues. Officers observed a red mark on his face and a small cut on his hand. He said they were yelling, she hit him and he pushed her away in self-defense. Officers spoke to the female suspect, who stated that they were arguing, and he grabbed her arm. Officers observed a red mark on her upper arm, and she also showed them where her hair was falling out from him pulling it. He admitted to pulling her hair, but, “It was only to get her away.” The male suspect was charged with simple domestic assault and taken to the Polk County Jail.



Name: Janneen Michelle Brooks

The story: Upon arrival, the victim told officers that she had stopped over to see her mom, later identified as Janneen Michelle Brooks, and a verbal argument ensued. The victim said Brooks was aggravated and she told her daughter to, “get the fuck out of my house.” The victim grabbed her baby and proceeded to leave. The victim stated that Brooks followed her outside, and the altercation turned physical. The victim stated that she and her mother were fighting while she was holding the baby. The victim stated that Brooks picked up a stick off the ground and swung it at her, but struck the baby in the face, leaving a scratch. Brooks then punched the victim in the face, causing redness and bruising. Brooks was charged with two counts of assault causing injury and one count of child endangerment.


Docket diving

The following is from a recent ruling made by the Iowa Court of Appeals regarding the case of the State of Iowa vs. Mitzi E. Fenzloff..

“Mitzi Fenzloff and her husband, Albert Fenzloff, owned Sunnyside Memory Gardens, a perpetual care cemetery. They applied for the permits necessary to sell pre-need funeral services and merchandise but were denied due to Mitzi’s criminal history and concerns about the insolvency of their business. Despite the fact they did not have the appropriate permits, the Fenzloffs sold pre-need funeral services and merchandise from November 2003 through December 2004.

“After receiving a complaint about Sunnyside Memory Gardens, the Iowa Insurance Division’s Director of Regulated Industries conducted an investigation. On March 20, 2006, the State charged Mitzi and Albert with ongoing criminal conduct, fraudulent practice in the first degree, and theft in the first degree by misappropriation. The three-count trial information was later amended. The State dismissed the ongoing criminal conduct charge and reduced the first-degree fraudulent practice charge to second-degree fraudulent practice. The first-degree theft charge was not affected by the amendment. The defendant waived her right to a jury trial and opted for a trial on the minutes of testimony.

“The district court found the defendant guilty of second-degree fraudulent practices and first-degree theft. The court sentenced her to a term of not more than five years for second-degree fraudulent practices and 10 years for first-degree theft. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently. In this appeal, Fenzloff contends the district court erred in convicting her of first-degree theft.

“Fenzloff contends the evidence is not sufficient to support her conviction for theft by misappropriation. The State alleged that the defendant misappropriated the funds she collected from various customers for pre-need funeral services while operating Sunnyside Memory Gardens. The district court concluded Mitzi misappropriated over $10,000 in pre-need funeral services funds she was entrusted with. The minutes of testimony show that more than $50,000 in the pre-need funeral service funds Fenzloff collected were deposited into either her personal account or the business account. The funds deposited into the business account were withdrawn immediately. None of the funds were placed in trust as required by law, which was in derogation of the owners’ rights.

“Because substantial evidence supports the district court’s findings, we affirm the defendant’s conviction and sentence.”


Most Wanted

Name: Cornelius Melvin Moore
Age: 34
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 260 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

Wanted for: Escape and parole violations. Moore is considered armed and dangerous and has a bear claw tattoo on the left side of his neck.


If you know where to find this fugitive, you can anonymously report your tip to the Polk County Crime Stoppers by calling 223-1400, submitting the tip online at www.polkcountycrimestoppers.org or text your tip to “CRIMES” (274637) keyword “PCCS.” Cash rewards paid up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of the person



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