West Branch man charged with second-degree theft

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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A West Branch man was charged with second-degree theft Monday after he allegedly stole almost $4,000 cash from Campus Towing during his employment there.

Robert Van Ginkel, 50, allegedly stole cash from the business numerous times between Jan. 26 and July 30, according to a complaint filed by the Coralville police. As operations manager, he allegedly stole payments made for tows and impoundments in cash, then removed the tickets for those operations during his bookkeeping procedures.

According to the complaint, Campus Towing began monitoring the cash tickets after becoming suspicious that theft was occurring.

Van Ginkel reportedly admitted to stealing the cash when interviewed by officers, but said he was "only borrowing it," according to the complaint.

Van Ginkel is charged with second-degree theft of $3,702.26, a Class-D felony.

— by Matt Starns

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