OPD Doesn’t Take Long to Nab Robber

Anthony Scott Boatright, 20

OTTUMWA-Around 2:15AM on the early morning of Wednesday, January 25th, the Ottumwa Police Department received a call that a robbery had just taken place at the BP gas station located at 1301 North Court, Ottumwa.


When officers responded they found that a white male had entered the store and demanded money from the employee behind the cash register.  A weapon was displayed during the crime, however, the employee was uninjured.  The male then left the store after receiving an undisclosed amount of money.


OPD officers quickly located the suspect near the scene of the crime.  He was running away from the BP station when he was caught.  Officers were able to retrieve the weapon believed to have been used in the crime as well.


Anthony Scott Boatright, age 20, of 653 North Court, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged for the crime.  His charges currently include:

  • Robbery 1st Degree, Class B Felony
  • Theft (From a Person) 1st Degree, Class C Felony
  • Theft in the 5th Degree, Simple Misdemeanor


A search of on-line court records shows that this is not Boatright’s first run in with the law.  Over the last two years, since the suspect was a legal adult, he has been charged with Theft, Domestic Abuse/Assault, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Being a Fugitive from Justice, among other things.


Boatright is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $25,000 bond.


Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:   “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”