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String of thefts from Beatrice homes had one thing in common, police say: The carpet cleaner
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String of thefts from Beatrice homes had one thing in common, police say: The carpet cleaner

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BEATRICE -- Beatrice police are asking anyone who noticed items missing from their homes after using a local carpet cleaner to contact authorities.

The department has been investigating thefts from area residences during recent months and discovered multiple thefts were linked to customers of Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning, authorities said.

The thefts largely consisted of jewelry and collectible coins.

The first theft was reported to police July 4, after 40 silver coins and four gold coins were found to be missing. Arrest documents state that Dale Simmons, 65, had been in the victim’s residence cleaning carpet around the time the coins went missing.

Police later learned that Simmons had sold two gold coins and one silver coin matching the description to Beatrice Gold and Silver. He also sold a matching set of coins at a pawn shop in Lincoln, they say.

Arrest documents state Simmons sold other jewelry items to various shops for a total of $9,800.

In late August, two other victims reported rings were missing. Both victims told police Simmons had been in their residences cleaning carpets.

Simmons sold rings to Beatrice Gold and Silver the same day after cleaning both residences for a total of $2,650, according to arrest documents.

Another victim reported that several thousand dollars in cash was missing from their residence.

Simmons was spotted driving a vehicle on Aug. 26 and officers placed Simmons under arrest for felony theft.

While inventorying the vehicle, police found a 9mm handgun in a bag on the passenger side floorboard and a baggie with a white, powdery substance in the front console.

Simmons had about $1,100 in cash on him.

Simmons was arrested on suspicion of a class 2A felony theft offense, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during a drug violation and possession of drug money.

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