Man Arrested for Halloween Mass Vandalism in Independence, Iowa

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - A man is facing more than 20 charges after being accused of breaking windows and doors at several businesses in Independence.

Police say 34-year-old Matthew Wilkinson committed the crimes Halloween night.

He was found and arrested the next day after officers say he tipped over a display case and stole cigarettes' from a Dollar General store.

A list Wilkinson's charges are below:

  • Possession of Contraband in Correctional Institution (class D felony)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine (serious misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)
  • Desecration of American Flag or Insignia (simple misdemeanor)
  • One count Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (class D felony)
  • One count of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (aggravated misdemeanor)
  • Five (5) counts of Criminal Mischief 4th Degree (serious misdemeanor)
  • Seven (7) counts of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree (simple misdemeanor)
  • One count of Theft 3rd Degree (aggravated misdemeanor)
  • One count of Interference with Official Acts (simple misdemeanor)

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