Burglary defendant sentenced to 30 years

Posted November 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Daniel Joseph Detaege, age 49, of Appleton, Wis., was sentenced to 30 years in jail Oct. 22 for several burglaries in Sioux County.

Detaege was charged with nine counts of felony burglary following his arrest in Ireton by Hawarden Police officer.

Sioux County District Court Judge James Scott handed down the sentence at a court hearing in Orange City.

Detaege must serve six years before parole could be considered. He has 30 days to file an appeal.

Authorities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other Iowa counties were considering charges against Detaege as well, said Hawarden Police Chief Mike DeBruin.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister praised local law enforcement for how the case was handled.

Detaege had a map and was going from town to town with intent to commit burglaries when he was arrested, said DeBruin.

Detaege was being held at Sioux County Jail in Orange City, after he was arrested after a burglary attempt at an Ireton Farmers Society CO-OP.

“He would use a pry bar to open the door or break a window,” said DeBruin.

On July 15, Hawarden Police Department announced the arrest of Detaege, for two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and two counts of criminal mischief. The arrest stems after a Hawarden Police Officer noticed that Detaege was in the office part of the CO-OP building at about 4:15 a.m. Hawarden Police immediately called for back-up and was assisted by officers from Rock Valley and Sioux Center Police Departments. According to a Hawarden Police Department statement, the officer then drew his gun and ordered Detaege out of the office. Detaege came out of the office and was arrested without incident.

Police further found Detaege was in possession of a pry bar, a small sledge hammer, chisel, and a five gallon bucket containing a large amount of change and bills. Detaege’s vehicle was parked near the office. Upon searching the vehicle, there was a plastic bag containing a large amount of cash, police said. There was also a map of Iowa found in the vehicle which had numerous communities circled and routes highlighted, police said in the release.

The investigation revealed Detaege is responsible for numerous burglaries in Sioux County including Ireton, Alton, Granville, Sioux Center and Hull. Also, several burglaries in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Cherokee have been cleared up by this arrest. Detage could be responsible for at least 25 burglaries in Iowa and Minnesota dating back to the beginning of June.

Hawarden Police Chief Mike De Bruin announced the arrest July 16.

“Detaege has done prison time for at least three other occasions, all for thefts at grain elevators and COOPs,” said DeBruin,

The Hawarden Police Department was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department, Sioux Center Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Since Detaege’s arrest, the Co-Op and the City of Ireton have thanked the Hawarden Police Department for its efforts.

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