Man charged in L&M attempted robbery

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 03, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a man and charged him with attempting to rob a convenience store in Iowa City.

Eric Svensson, 23, address unknown, was charged Monday with second-degree robbery, along with third-degree theft and possession of marijuana for two alleged incidents that occurred last year.

According to police reports, Svensson brought a 12-pack of beer bottles to the cash register at the L&M Mighty Shop, 504 E. Burlington St., around 4 p.m. on Jan. 23.

When the employee rang up the sale and opened the cash register, Svensson allegedly shoved the bottles at the employee, reached across the counter, and attempted to take cash from the register.

The L&M Mighty Shop employee reportedly shoved Svensson, causing him to lose his balance. The suspect fled the store without the beer or the cash.

Second-degree robbery is a Class C felony, punishable by a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

— by Jordan Fries

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