An alleged thief tried to pay for a tow with moldy money stolen from the home of the man who towed him.

Dakota Paul Denolf, 25, of 302 Anamosa Ave., Onslow, is charged with third-degree burglary, obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

At 3:24 p.m. on May 30, a caller informed the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office that $21 had been stolen from the kitchen table at 13788 Highway 64, Maquoketa. The stolen money was wet and moldy because it had been in a money can that was set out to collect money from honor-system egg sales, according to charging documents.

Earlier that day, Denolf’s vehicle had broken down in front of the victim’s residence. The victim towed Denolf’s vehicle to the D&T Gas Station in Baldwin. Denolf paid the victim with $10 of the moldy money, which the victim recognized as the money that had been drying on his own table, court files said.

As the sheriff’s department learned of the burglary, another deputy was dealing with the apparently intoxicated Denolf, who was sleeping in his back seat at the Baldwin gas station. Denolf was arrested for public intoxication and transported to the Jackson County Law Center. 

A subsequent search of the patrol car in which he was transported showed that Denolf had stashed under the seat a marijuana pipe as well as a pill bottle bearing the name of the burglary victim’s grandfather. The pill bottle contained four wheat pennies and a Canadian penny. It had been stored in the victim’s kitchen buffet, according to charging documents.

Inside the truck Denolf had been driving, deputies also found Grand Prix Filter Red 100 cigarettes, the same brand the victim found in his kitchen after the burglary, according to charging documents. 

Denolf admitted to hiding the marijuana pipe in the deputy’s vehicle and taking the pill bottle, according to charging documents.