Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County report charges have been filed against two men in connection with the discovery of stolen property recovered during an investigation in Stuart. Authorities say as a result of the investigation, Joseph Leonard Leclair Jr. of Stuart and Justin Edward Polson, of Des Moines, face felony charges that include Criminal Mischief 2″‘ Degree, Possession of Stolen Property (Motor Vehicle related) and Theft in the 2°’ Degree.
Polson was also charged with Theft in 4th Degree -a Serious Misdemeanor, being a Prohibited Person (Felon) in Possession of a Firearm (A Class D Felony), Alteration or Changing of a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – also a Class D Felony, Carrying Weapons – a Serious Misdemeanor, Driving While Barred – an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine – 2″‘ Offense – also an Aggravated Misdemeanor and various traffic offenses.
Polson was being held at the Guthrie County Jail on $300 cash bond, while warrants are pending issuance on Joseph Leonard Leclair, Jr. Officials say on May 28th, deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriffs Office searched a property located at 112 1/2 North Gaines St. in Stuart, and located numerous illegal items.
During the search, the Guthrie County Sheriff s deputies located a motorcycle reported stolen out of Des Moines, on May 14th, 2014. Also located were stolen tools from a vehicle burglary in Des Moines, on May 15th, 2014. In addition to locating the stolen property, deputies located a small quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.
The Guthrie County Sheriffs Office was assisted by local,county and federal agencies in various capacities during the investigation of this case.