Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 13, 2009 7:30 AM

Police arrest another burglary suspect

UI police arrested another individual allegedly responsible for a rash of car burglaries at The Lodge apartments and UI Hospitals and Clinics in November 2008.

Kyle McDermott, 21, of Belle Plaine was charged March 4 with second-degree theft, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, and unauthorized use of a credit card.

According to UI police, McDermott admitted he burglarized approximately 70 vehicles during three dates in November.

He allegedly stole more than $1,000 in property, selling the items to a pawn shop, and caused more than $10,000 in damage, police reports show.

McDermott also reportedly admitted he used a credit card stolen during one of the burglaries to rent Red Box movies from Wal-Mart. He checked out 25 movies valued at $610 and didn’t return them, police said. He was seen on camera using the stolen card, police contend.

The charges range in seriousness from aggravated misdemeanor to Class C felony, and are punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 to $10,000.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Woman robbed at bus stop

Iowa City police are investigating a report of a robbery at a Iowa City bus stop Wednesday.

According to Iowa City police, a female had gotten off a city bus near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Grant Wood Street when four males pushed her to the ground and stole her purse.

The suspects fled on foot after the attack, police reports indicate. The victims sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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