Man charged with stealing debit cards

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

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UI police arrested a Coralville man, charging him will stealing debit cards from a car and then using the cards to buy food.

Police charged Theodore Pietryga, 48, 1322 Fifth St. Apt. 1, with second-degree burglary and unauthorized use of a credit card.

According to reports, Pietryga was seen on UI Hospital and Clinics security cameras reaching into an occupied car and taking debit cards from a wallet in the passenger seat.

Pietryga then used the cards to purchase food at the hospital cafeteria.

Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony and is generally punishable by 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

— by Marleen Linares

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