Man charged with burglary

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 11, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa City police charged a man for allegedly breaking into a person’s apartment.

Patrick Bland, 22, Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, was charged March 1 with third-degree burglary in connection with a Nov. 22, 2009, incident.

According to court records, Bland is incarcerated in connection with other theft and robbery charges.

According to police, witnesses heard glass breaking in an apartment below theirs and observed someone with a flashlight going through the residence.

Bland allegedly broke a bedroom window and unlocked the front door of the apartment. He took a computer tower valued at $1,500, police said.

The victim was reportedly out of town at the time.

Police collected numerous fingerprints from the broken glass and allegedly traced them back to Bland.

According to authorities, Bland lived in the area at the time of the alleged crime. The victim said she did not know the defendant, police reports show.

Third-degree burglary is a Class D felony generally punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Jordan Fries

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