Police: Man stole phone, displayed knife

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police arrested an Iowa City man after he allegedly stole a cell phone from the open window of a home.

Ronald Schwarting, 18, 2363 Kristian St., was charged April 9 with first-degree burglary.

According to a complaint from Iowa City police, Schwarting tore the screen window to the front of a Dover Street home while it was occupied.

After making a hole in the screen, police said Schwarting allegedly reached into the open window of the home and took a cell phone.

The report said Schwarting left the scene, and as the alleged victim pursued him, the defendant allegedly showed a knife.

First-degree burglary is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

— by Hayley Bruce

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