MASON CITY – A man with a possible meth problem was busted by Mason City police at a local hotel with meth ready to be delivered, and then nailed at Walmart trying to steal merchandise.
Mason City police tell NIT that on December 20, 2016, at about 9:42 PM, 54-year-old Donald Joseph Reuter was detained by Walmart employees in the entrance for allegedly shoplifting $250.00 worth of merchandise. The merchandise was recovered. Reuter has prior theft convictions so the arrest charge was enhanced to third-degree theft. Reuter was also charged with Providing False Information because he allegedly gave some wrong info (name spelling, DOB, DL info) to the investigating officer when he was trying to identify the suspect. The officer was able to ID Reuter and take him to jail from Walmart.
In a more serious matter, on September 1, 2016, Mason City police went to the Ashley Inn Hotel, 3451 South Federal Avenue, looking for Reuter. At that time he had a valid warrant for Parole Violation. Officers located Reuter inside a room at the Ashley and arrested him on the warrant. Officers located drug paraphernalia, packaging, suspected meth, and currency in the room or on Reuter. Reuter was charged with Possession of Controlled Substances with Intent to Deliver and Possession Drug Paraphernalia. He was jailed on the warrant and the two new charges.
NIT reported back in 2012 that Reuter was paroled from prison on October 9th of that year after serving 5 years and 10 months in prison. Reuter had been sentenced to prison in January 2007 following a guilty plea in Hancock County to a class C felony 1st degree theft of more than $10,000 from a Garner Business.
Reuter’s criminal record includes a 2002 class C felony conviction in Blackhawk County for possession of meth with intent to deliver, and 3 class D felony convictions in Blackhawk County for 2nd degree thefts of over $5,000 each. He was sentenced to one 10 year prison term and three 5 year prison terms in those cases.