Man charged after stealing laptop from home


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A man has been charged after he allegedly stole a laptop from an Iowa City residence.

Victor Varnell, 21, was charged May 9 with second-degree theft after he allegedly walked out of an Iowa City apartment complex with a laptop in hand around.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Varnell was at the residence with a coworker and another friend. The friend witnessed Varnell walk out of the apartment with the laptop in his hand around 4:30 p.m.

The owner of the laptop described it as a silver Sony Vaio with white and gray squares, no distinct characteristics, the complaint said. He valued the laptop at roughly $2,000.

When contacted by phone, Varnell confirmed to police he was aware the victim thought he stole the laptop and denied the accusation. He stated that he wished to come into the Iowa City police station on the morning of May 10 to explain his side of the story.

No such visit or contact of any type occurred.

Second-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor.

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