After Month-long Crime Spree, Police Nab Burglary Suspect

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man accused of committing a series of burglaries this month was finally caught in the act Thursday morning.

Travis P. Dvorak, 25, of 1100 Wiley Blvd. NW, faces two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, and one count each of second-degree theft, third-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and interference with official acts causing injury.

Police said Dvorak’s crime spree began on June 6 when he broke into a home on Tanya Lane NE and stole cash and electronics. On the morning of June 8, Dvorak allegedly stole cash and electronics from a residence on 35th Street Drive SE.

Dvorak’s next break-in allegedly occurred on June 19 at a home on 21st Street SE. Police said Dvorak forced his way into the residence and stole cash and electronics.

Police were able to nab Dvorak on Thursday when a witness reported a burglary in progress at a residence on Americus Drive SE at 10:42 a.m. Officers were given a clothing description and found Dvorak in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue SE.

Dvorak fled from the officers. Police said one of the pursuing officers twisted his ankle during the chase, but was still able to apprehend Dvorak at 12th Avenue and 15th Street SE. Police said Dvorak had a bag of items taken from the residence at Americus Drive.

Several of the burglaries occurred during the day time hours. Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said that is becoming a more common occurrence in the city.

“We’re seeing more daytime burglaries,” she said. “They know people go to work and I guess that’s when they’re going to work, too. That has been a trend more and more.”

Hamblin also reminded residence of the importance of locking doors each day.

“A lot of times, they’ll come up (and) knock on the door,” she said. “If nobody answers, they’ll try the door or they’ll go around to the back door. If they’re unlocked, what easy access.”

Police suspect that Dvorak could be involved in additional burglaries in the city.
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