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Criminal defense: Iowa man accused of theft

An Iowa man was recently arrested for allegedly carrying out a string of thefts. He is facing a laundry list of charges, including multiple counts of both second and third-degree thefts and a single count of fourth-degree theft. He is currently still in police custody in lieu of bond and may already be focusing on his criminal defense plans.

Police claim that thefts began in June 2017, and that the 26-year-old man targeted stores such as Ulta Beauty, Von Maur and Victoria's Secret. Many of these stores were apparently hit more than once, and altogether lost merchandise valued at $19,223. Authorities stated that they intend to file additional charges that will increase the value of stolen merchandise.

The man allegedly carried out thefts by simply walking into stores, grabbing valuable items and leaving quickly. One such event that took place on Nov. 14, 2017 apparently involved the man and an unnamed woman. Police claim that he and the woman entered a Von Maur location, chose $3,778 worth of clothes and then left through a different entrance less than a minute later. This apparently mirrored similar incidents over previous months.

The defendant is currently on probation for a past theft conviction, which can complicate current criminal defense matters. In addition to the current theft charges he faces, he is also accused of ongoing criminal activity, which is a felony in Iowa that can net a possible 25 years in prison. When faced with the potential of such severe consequences, it is usually a good idea for defendants to conduct an early and thorough review of their charges while under the guidance of experienced legal counsel.

Source: qctimes.com, "Police: Man involved in at least 14 grab-and-dash thefts arrested", Thomas Geyer, Dec. 20, 2017

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