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Traveling gypsy band strikes Mt. Pleasant again, arrested for string of Walmart robberies

Police believe suspects to be connected with US Bank robbery last month

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department has arrested two subjects following a string of robberies in Walmart across Southeast Iowa.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Mt. Pleasant Police Department was dispatched to Walmart in regards to another group of Quick Charge artists who had stolen money from several Walmarts in southeast Iowa, according to a news release.

Officers identified the subjects of the thefts as Visan Angel and Maical Kvec, both 20, of Romania. The duo are currently wanted out of Canada as part of a traveling gypsy band that targets coin shops, banks, jewelry stores and Walmart type stores. They are being held at the Henry County Jail, where they are held pending arraignment.

Homeland Security has a detainer at the Henry County Jail to deport Angel and Kvec back to Romania. They have illegally entered the U.S. a couple of times, Lt. Lyle Murray said.

Angel and Kvec are believed to be part of the same traveling gypsy band as the man who robbed US Bank in Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 14, Murray said. Ionel Niculescu, 19, of Romania, was identified as the suspect in the bank robbery. He was charged with theft in the second degree and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Niculescu is currently wanted out of Canada and another country. Murray does not expect assistance from Angel and Kvec in locating Nicoluscu.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by several agencies and businesses in the arrest of Angel and Kvec including Walmart, New London Police Deopartment, Jeweler’s Security Alliance, the FBI, York Regional Police (UK), United States Custom and Border Patrol and numerous civilians who called in with information.

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