Police Seek Public’s Help to Locate Suspect in Several Metro Thefts


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DES MOINES, Iowa – Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect they say has been involved in several recent theft cases across the metro, the most recent Thursday morning.

Des Moines police are seeking 38-year-old Justin Ware. He is wanted in connection with at least seven theft cases in Des Moines and surrounding suburbs since Saturday. Police say Ware is the likely suspect in a theft at Taco John’s on Ingersoll Thursday morning around 11:00 . Four of those thefts happened Wednesday — two in Des Moines and two in West Des Moines.

Sgt. Paul Parizek all but Thursday’s incident happened at convenience stores. Ware would make a purchase and then reach over to grab big bills from the register when the cash drawer was open. He is accused of assaulting the clerk in at least two of the thefts.

Ware is 5’10” and 155 pounds with dark hair and green eyes. Witnesses tell police he has sores on his face. Ware has been driving a maroon Chevy Malibu.

If you have information about Ware’s location, contact Des Moines police at 515-283-4811.


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