COOPERATION BETWEEN MULTIPLE AGENCIES LEADS TO QUICK ARREST IN VEHICLE ARSON CASES - June 6, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
A vehicle fire was reported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Communication Center on May 30, 2013, at 5:36 a.m. in the 3100 block of SE Keystone Drive in Grimes. Another call describing a similar incident was received by the Communications Center about a minute later at NW 103rd Street and Windsor Parkway in Johnston. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Grimes Fire, and Johnston Police Officers as well as Johnston Fire responded to each incident respectively.
As a result of physical evidence, information discovered during a joint investigation by Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Johnston Police Department, and cooperation from officials with the Johnston Fire Department as well as the Grimes Fire Department, two cases that occurred in two different cities with similar characteristics were solved.
Dakota Weeter, an 18-year old male residing in Johnston, was arrested by Johnston Police Department on May 31, 2013 and charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Arson, one charge from Johnston Police and one from Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Weeter was taken to the Polk County Jail and then released a few hours later, after posting bond on the charges.
During the investigation by law enforcement and fire fighting officials, it was determined that another party, a 17-year old male, also played a significant role in the vehicle arsons. He was arrested by Johnston Police Department and taken to the Polk County Detention Center on arson charges.