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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 25, 2015 5:00 AM

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Woman charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Riverside woman of stealing and misusing a credit card.

Stephanie Eakes, 32, was charged with unauthorized use of credit card over $1,000 and second-degree theft on Nov. 10, 2014.

According to online court documents, Eakes cleans homes for employment. The victim was one of Eakes’ customers and reported her husband’s credit card missing.

There allegedly were six unauthorized transactions made at the Iowa City and Coralville Walmarts, and at Hobby Lobby.

Video surveillance reportedly shows Eakes using the stolen card as a form of payment.

A search warrant was executed for Eakes’ residence, and the merchandise from the unauthorized transactions was recovered.

The total amount spend was $1,534.40.

Unauthorized use of credit card over $1,000 and second-degree theft are both Class-D felonies.

Man charged with burglary

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of stealing from a vehicle.

Justin Hulsizer, 26, was charged with third-degree burglary — motor vehicle, on March 23.

According to online court documents, officers were dispatched to a location to look for a white male dressed in blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt trying car doors and attempting to burglarize them.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located Hulsizer and asked him if he had been attempting to break into cars.

Hulsizer allegedly admitted that he had tried numerous doors but was only able to successfully get into one vehicle and did not steal anything from it.

Upon searching him, officers found numerous coin purses, lighters, and an iPhone.

Third-degree burglary — motor vehicle is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with forgery

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of cashing a fraudulent check.

Brian Albaugh, 29, was charged with forgery on March 19.

According to online court documents, the victim made out a check for $700 to his landlord but left the “pay to the order of” line blank because of their usual agreement.

Albaugh found the check and put his name on the line. He then went to the bank drive-through and attempted to cash the check, but the bank employee was the victim’s father.

The victim’s father contacted the victim, and the victim confirmed he did not authorize that check to Albaugh.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of stealing a vehicle.

Brian Jarnagin, 35, was charged with first-degree theft on March 19.

According to online court documents, Jarnagin was found in possession of a 2015 Nissan Rogue, which valued over $28,000.

Jarnagin removed an Iowa license plate from another vehicle and placed it onto the stolen vehicle to make it appear valid.

The victim reported the car stolen, and a witness saw Jarnagin driving the car before he was found sitting in the driver seat in a park.

First-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

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