An Ottumwa man is facing several charges related to an alleged 6 week crime spree.
According to court documents, on November 23, 2021, 35 year old Omar Rafael Solorio-Valdez Jr. was arrested for a public offense. The report stated that Solorio-Valdez was searched and found to be in possession of burglary tools, which consisted of multiple keys and screw drivers. The report states that Solorio-Valdez admitted to using the tools to gain access to locked vehicles and start them. A related incident report states that Solorio-Valdez was linked to a series of indictable offenses over a 6 week period.
According to incident reports, Solorio-Valdez stole a vehicle from an address on South Madison Avenue on October 19th. When found, the vehicle had been altered to disguise it from both law enforcement and the lawful owner. Further reports state that on November 12, Solorio-Valdez stole numerous items from a car in the parking lot of North Hy-Vee, including a tool set and an aftermarket stereo system. He was additionally caught on video stealing another vehicle from the same location. On November 19, he allegedly stole another vehicle from a separate residence on South Madison. Each incident report alleges that Solorio-Valdez admitted to these actions after being read his Miranda rights.
Solorio-Valdez has been charged with 3 counts of 2nd Degree Theft (Class D Felonies), 2 counts of 3rd Degree Burglary From A Motor Vehicle (Aggravated Misdemeanors), Possession of Burglary Tools (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Unauthorized Use Of A Credit Card (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and On-Going Criminal Conduct (Class B Felony). He is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $59,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 1.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.