On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Sheldon Police Department received information from a Sheldon resident that they had found a video camera outside of their daughter’s window of their Sheldon home. Later on Wednesday, the resident called to report that the suspect had been caught after he had returned to the home in an attempt to retrieve the camera and was being detained there. Officers arrested 19-year-old Cody Michael Van Otterloo of from Rock Valley, Iowa, on a trespassing charge. Van Otterloo was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.
The next day, Thursday, April 17, 2014, a search warrant was executed at Van Otterloo’s home at in Rock Valley, by officers from the Sheldon Police Department and the Rock Valley Police Department. Officers seized a number of items with potential evidentiary value from the home, including his phone, computers, and other electronic storage devices. These items will be analyzed at a future date. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
As usual, the Sheldon Police want to remind the public that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.