Police arrest man for theft, forgery

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a Coralville man after he allegedly purchased numerous items with another man’s credit card.

Kenneth Gayden, 48, was charged March 25 with third-degree theft and forgery.

According to police, Gayden found a wallet in the garbage that the alleged victim had accidentally thrown away.

The report said Gayden then allegedly took the wallet to Wal-Mart where a video camera recorded him purchasing a laptop with a stolen credit card.

The report said he also bought a bottle of vodka and two cartons of cigarettes, signing the alleged victim’s name for the charges.

The complaint said Gayden admitted to taking the wallet when confronted by officers.

The report said Gayden told police, “It was fun while it lasted.”

The total for Gayden’s purchases at Wal Mart in addition to $50 in the wallet was $537, the report said.

— by Hayley Bruce

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