Banwart Firearms ChargesWritten by Theresa Rose on March 12, 2018
On 12-27-17 a Des Moines County resident turned over a firearm to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office which had been found in the possession of her son. This gun, a .22 revolver, was determined to be one of the firearms stolen from a cabin on O’Connell Beach Road on 12-6-17.
Sheriff’s Deputies conducted witness interviews and determined that Casey Ray Banwart, 19 years old, of Yarmouth, Iowa, had purchased this firearm and another stolen firearm, knowing that the firearms were stolen. Banwart transferred possession of the stolen firearms to multiple subjects following the purchase of the firearms.
On 2/1/18 Des Moines County Deputies executed a search warrant on the vehicle and home of Casey Banwart. Deputies located ammunition that is consistent with both of the stolen firearms purchased by Banwart.
An arrest warrant for the charge of Trafficking Stolen Weapons, a Class D Felony, was obtained and on 3-6-17 Casey Ray Banwart was taken into custody for this warrant.