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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 5/24/2012 

 Couple Arrested For Stealing $50,000 Worth of Coins From Elderly Man 


On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Polk County Sheriff's detectives arrested 32-year-old Elmer Kitchen and his 33-year-old fiancee Mary Holland of 653 Lobelia Drive in Davenport for stealing and pawning $50,000 worth of gold and silver coins from Kitchen's elderly grandfather.

After their arrests, Kitchen and Holland admitted to detectives that they obtained the combination to the safe of Kitchen's 82-year-old grandfather, Stonewall Justice Jr. who lives in Davenport, and stole approximately $50,000 worth of gold and silver coins. The coupled pawned several of the coins in order to illegally purchase Oxycodone. When detectives searched the suspects' home, they found a couple of coins, the combination to Mr. Justice's safe, and several pawn receipts. They also found a small amount of marijuana.

Kitchen and Holland were both placed under arrest and booked into the Polk County Jail on a variety of charges, including Grand Theft From Elderly, Dealing in Stolen Property, Giving False Info to Pawn Broker, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Kitchen has been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions for Possession of Meth, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession and Cultivation of Marijuana, and Domestic Battery.