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Pella Couple Facing Felony Charges After Central College Theft

PELLA, Iowa -- A wedding party sheet cake, Central College fan gear, five bicycles, and a large flat screen television are the items police say a Pella couple stole from campus.

That couple, 20-year-old Parker Bollhoefer and 18-year-old Lyndi Littrel, is now facing felony charges. The staff at Central College tipped off the cops when they noticed that a lot of stuff was missing, including a lot of merchandise from the college spirit store.

It's not your run of the mill crime in the quiet, quaint community of Pella.

“Who steals a sheet cake?” said student Jalen Van Wyk.

That's a question the police have also been asking.

"That`s the question of the day,” said Chief Robert Bokinsky of the Pella Police Department. “I have no idea why they stole a sheet cake. It was a big one. It was probably about a foot and a half long by a foot wide and when we executed the search warrant, it was there on the kitchen counter, and about three-quarters of it was gone. I don`t know if that served as a couple meals or what the purpose was but sure enough, they took it."

From the looks of the Facebook pages of Bollhoefer and Littrel, the two suspects were going to need a cake for their own wedding soon enough.

But it looks like those plans may have to be put on hold.

“It`s a shame, it`s a matter of you have a young man and a young woman, a 20-year-old, an 18-year-old, just did something foolish, they didn`t understand the gravity of what they did,” said Chief Bokinsky. “They were just stealing merchandise, whether they`re big fans of Central College or just looked like something that they could get away with, the end result was over $10,000 worth of theft and elevated it to a Class C felony. That`s a serious charge, that`s a heck of a way to start life.”

Due to the nature of his job, working at Central College as a contracted campus security officer, Bollhoefer, had a lot of access to the goods.

A conviction for a Class C felony carries a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000.