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Hancock County fugitive is finally caught

Jeremiah Harmon Jeremiah Harmon

Authorities had been looking for him for almost 2 1/2 years.

Posted: Apr. 5, 2018 2:30 PM
Updated: Apr. 5, 2018 7:08 PM

GARNER, Iowa – A fugitive from justice in Hancock County is back in custody.

Jeremiah John Somerfelt Harmon, 31, is charged with two counts of 2nd degree theft. He’s accused of stealing a car from the 400 block of E 3rd Street in Crystal Lake on June 16, 2015. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the car was also full of over $1,500 in personal property, including softball equipment, chairs, blankets, a backpack, and a student ID and debit card.

Authorities say the car was found in Story County on June 21, 2015, but the personal property was not recovered.

Harmon entered an Alford plea to one count of 2nd degree theft, which means he would not admit guilt but would accept sentencing. However, Harmon failed to appear at a hearing in September 2015 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

That warrant was finally served on March 30, 2018. Harmon had been arrested in Story County after law enforcement said he was a witness to a criminal act and gave a false name to authorities. He pleaded guilty and was fined for that offense, then turned over to Hancock County law enforcement.

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