49-year old Daniel Joseph DeTaege, of Appleton, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today (Monday) in Sioux County District Court for 3 counts of Third Degree Burglary as an Habitual Offender. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Iowa.
The Court sentenced DeTaege to serve an indeterminate 30 year prison sentence and ordered him to make restitution to all of the victims of his burglaries in Sioux County in the amount of $8,447.50. Because he is an habitual offender, the Court also ordered that Defendant must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of six years before he is eligible for parole.
According to court documents, the case arose in the early morning hours of July 15th, when a Hawarden police officer, on patrol in Ireton, noticed glass broken out of the CO-OP. The officer investigated and discovered DeTaege inside, in the act of burglarizing the business. The officer arrested DeTaege without incident. A search of his vehicle, produced a large amount of cash, as well as a map of Iowa that had several communities and routes highlighted.