Four arrested in stolen scrap metal investigation

Four people were charged with felonies during an investigation of various scrap metal thefts around Marshall County.

Daniel Leonard, 35, of State Center, Kelsey Clements, 22, of State Center, Ryan Schoppe, 17, of State Center and Jake Wallen, 18, of LaMoille, were arrested Thursday by Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies and State Center Police Department.

Burt Tecklenburg, chief deputy of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, said when a search warrant was executed at the home of Clements and Leonard, 304 Sixth St. SW in State Center, two pickup trucks full of stolen scrap metal were seized.

When police and deputies went to talk to Leonard about the scrap metal, an overwhelming odor of marijuana came from inside the trailer, Tecklenburg said.

When officers searched the inside of the trailer, Clements was sitting in the living room with her and Leonard’s 3 and 1-year-old children; Schoppe was also in the trailer, Tecklenburg said.

Two ounces of marijuana, scales, baggies and $360 cash were seized during the search.

The children were removed by Crisis Care and the Department of Human Services was also contacted.

Leonard is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent person, Class C felonies, possession of stolen property, a Class D felony, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class D felony, second-degree theft, a Class D felony and trespassing.

Clements is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent person, Class C felonies, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class D felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schoppe is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class D felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wallen, a suspect in the investigation, was also arrested earlier in the day after stolen scrap metal was found at his home at in LaMoille. Wallen is charged with second-degree theft, a Class D felony and trespass.

This incident is still under investigation.