Man charged with stealing cigarettes

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 09, 2009 7:20 AM

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Johnson County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Iowa City man after he allegedly stole 350 packs of cigarettes from a Casey’s General Store.

Authorities charged Eli Vargason, 18, 1112 Hotz Ave., with third-degree theft.

According to reports, Vargason allegedly smashed the glass out of the front door of the store. Cameras recorded Vargason filling bags with cigarettes, police said.

When Vargason was arrested, he had other stolen property in his possession from more than one burglary, police said.

Vargason is in custody at the Marshall County Jail on $16,000 cash-only bond.

— by Marleen Linares

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