Man Says He Stole Vehicle to Escape the Cold

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in eastern Iowa say a man stole a vehicle and drove hundreds of miles south because he wanted to escape the cold weather.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Harold Schneider was arrested Saturday. He faces one count of first-degree theft.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says Schneider stole a jeep on New Year's Eve from a residence in Iowa City. He was caught days later about 600 miles south in Mississippi.

Schneider told police he stole the jeep because he was tired of the cold and snow and wanted to go south where it was warm.

Schneider remains at the Johnson County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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