Man charged with stealing decorative ball

BY CASSIDY RILEY | JULY 24, 2013 5:00 AM

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A man from Gravois Mills, Mont., has been charged after allegedly stealing a decorative ball from downtown Iowa City.

Garret Gilley, 20, was charged at 1: 38 a.m. Tuesday with fourth-degree theft.

According to a police complaint, Gilley was involved in a verbal altercation with someone that eventually led to arrest for public intoxication. Before leaving the scene, an officer was approached by a taxi driver who said he had observed Gilley place one of the decorative balls displayed downtown in his vehicle.

After being read his Miranda rights, Gilley reportedly gave the officer a description of his vehicle. The ball was allegedly located in his vehicle; it is valued at $300.

Fourth-degree theft is a serious misdemeanor.

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