Once a cop, always a cop.
For Blue Grass Mayor Tim Brandenburg, a retired Davenport police officer, his police instincts helped to capture a trio of alleged grab-and-dash thieves at Blaine’s Farm & Fleet in Davenport on Sunday.
While walking into the Farm & Fleet store at 8535 Northwest Blvd. about noon, he saw two people, a female and a boy, running out another door, “with their arms full,” Brandenburg said.
“I’m just recovering from double hernia surgery so I couldn’t do much,” Brandenburg said Sunday. “I had the boy pinned up against the car, but he was able to escape and squirmed over the roof of the car and took off. That was fine. He was wearing a T-shirt and sweat pants so he wasn’t going far.”
What helped to prevent the trio from getting away is the car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, had some kind of mechanical trouble, he said.
“She couldn’t get the car started,” Brandenburg said with a chuckle. “She was fiddling with the wires under the hood and people were laughing. I started taking stuff out of the car.”
Davenport Police Officer Mike Martin was dispatched to the scene at 12:06 p.m. according to the arrest affidavits he filed.
The driver of the car was Donesha Marie Clay, 25, of 903 Oneida Ave., Apt. 1, Davenport, according to police.
According to the arrest affidavits, Clay drove a 15-year-old boy and woman, identified at Tatiana Aniesha Love, to the Farm & Fleet store where they allegedly stole merchandise valued in excess of $500.
When officers searched the car, they also found a red basket belonging to Hy-Vee filled with bottles of liquor.
“They had some high-end alcohol in there, including some Crown Royal,” Brandenburg said.
It was discovered that the alcohol was stolen from Hy-Vee at 4064 E. 53rd St. The value of the alcohol exceeded $200, according to Martin’s arrest affidavit.
Clay is charged with third-degree theft, and driving while barred. She is not allowed to drive until Oct. 25, 2019. Each of the charges is an aggravated misdemeanor under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 2 years. She also is charged with failing to have insurance on her vehicle.
Love is charged with third-degree theft for the grab and dash at Farm & Fleet, and fourth-degree theft for the stolen alcohol from Hy-Vee. Fourth-degree theft is a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to one year.
Love also is charged with one count of interference with official acts for giving police a false name and date of birth that would have made her a juvenile. When officers discovered her true identity she fought with officers and refused to be handcuffed. The charge is a simple misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
However, both women are charged with using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense. The charge is a Class C felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Clay was being held Sunday night in the Scott County Jail on a $10,361 bond, cash or surety.
Love was released from the Scott County Jail on Sunday after posting 10 percent of a $9,000 bond.
The 15-year-old was taken to juvenile detention.
“I couldn’t do as much as I wanted,” Brandenburg said. “I’m not yet cleared to lift 10 pounds. But it did bring back some fond memories of my days as a cop.”
Davenport police detectives are reviewing current case files to see if Clay or Love have been involved in other grab and dash robberies that have been reported in Davenport and other areas of the Quad-Cities.