During the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Officers located a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Benton County Iowa.   When officers attempted to stop the vehicle it led officers on a short pursuit, which ended when the suspect vehicle lost control and slid into a snow bank in the area of Papermill and LaPorte Road, Waterloo.   Three suspects fled the vehicle and were apprehended a short distance from the vehicle.

Further investigation showed that these subjects were involved in a Burglary at the Karma Bar, 309 W. 4th Street, Waterloo prior to the pursuit.

While investigating the local burglary, evidence was found in their possession from other burglaries in Black Hawk and Benton County’s.   Several search warrants were served and officers recovered numerous pieces of evidence including stolen firearms.

While this investigation was ongoing Waterloo Police Officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of 4th and Wellington.  Officers were able to locate and stop the suspect vehicle and the investigations into this matter resulted in an additional firearm being recovered.   

As a result of these two investigations, the Waterloo Police Department in cooperation with the Black Hawk and Benton County Sheriff’s Offices recovered 7 stolen firearms.

The following suspects were arrested and charged in Black Hawk County District Court:

Elvis Puric age 28, charged with Interference with Official Acts, 3rd Degree Attempted Burglary, Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft 1st, Trafficking Stolen Weapons

Antonio McGhee age 27, charged with Eluding Police, Driving while license suspended, Interference with Official Acts, 3rd Degree Attempted Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, Theft 1st, and Trafficking Stolen Weapons.

Suad Covic age 25, charged with 3rd Degree Attempted Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, Theft 1st, Trafficking Stolen Weapons, and Possession of Firearms as Felon, Interference with Official Acts, Possession of Marijuana.

Salih Golubovic age 34, charged with Trafficking Stolen Weapons, Possession of Firearm as Felon, and Theft 1st

Adis Didovic age 36, charged with Local warrant, Theft 1st

Devanta D. Riley age 23 was arrested as the result of the unrelated shots fired call, charged with Carrying Weapons, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, and going Armed with Intent.  

This investigation has resulted in the 300th firearm being recovered by the Waterloo Police Violent Crime Apprehension Team.  With multiple agencies involved in this ongoing  investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

A criminal charge is an accusation.   A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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