On February 20th, 2013 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed three search warrants, two within the City of Washington and one in rural Washington County. On February 21st, 2013 a fourth search warrant was executed in rural Washington County. The search warrants were a result of a several month long investigation into thefts and criminal mischief throughout Washington County, Johnson County, Louisa County and Henry County. The results of the search warrants tied stolen and vandalized property back to all four counties.
Yesterday on March 4th, 2013 arrest warrants were served on four individuals in response to the earlier search warrants. Arrested were: 1) Nathan Douglas Mueller (22) of Washington who is charged with one B Felony, seven C Felonies, twelve D Felonies and eleven Misdemeanors. Nathan Mueller faces a maximum jail time of 158 years and 270 days. 2) Michael Patrick Mueller (19) of Washington who is charged with one B Felony, five C Felonies, seven D Felonies and three Misdemeanors. Michael Mueller faces a maximum jail time of 115 years and 120 days. 3) Travis Alan Peterson (21) of Washington who is charged with one B Felony, six C Felonies, eleven D Felonies and eight Misdemeanors. Travis Peterson faces a maximum jail time of 143 years and 180 days. 4) Alexander Lee Fields (19) of Washington who is charged with one C Felony and two D Felonies. Alexander Fields faces a maximum jail time of 20 years.
Some of the items taken were passenger vehicles, semis, an ATV, a riding lawnmower, a boat motor, vehicle parts and numerous hand and power tools. The total amount of damaged and stolen property is estimated to be around $340,000.
Agencies assisting in the investigation and/or warrants were the Washington Police Department, Washington County Conservation, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa City Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and LEIN Region 6.
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