Oxford man charged with theft

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 18, 2012 7:20 AM

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An Oxford, Iowa, man has been charged with second-degree theft for allegedly stealing a car.

According to Iowa City police, Derek Dawson, 24, allegedly took possession of a motor vehicle on Jan. 12 without authorization of the owner and with the intent to deprive the owner of the car.

Dawson allegedly went to his former girlfriend's apartment and took her car keys from her bedroom. Dawson then allegedly drove away in the car, a red Pontiac Sunfire valued around $3,000. The victim allegedly tried to persuade Dawson not to leave; she had not given him permission to take the car, the report said.

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

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