Iowa City Police Arrest Man Who Fled Hope House, Stole Friend's Car

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Police said they have arrested one of the men who fled from the Hope House and stole a friend’s car.

On June 27, the Iowa City Police Department took a report of a theft of a motor vehicle. Police said the victim knew 21-year-old Keethan R. Roland and his friend, 21-year-old Mack Blumingburg. The woman let Roland and Blumingburg stay the night at her home on June 26.

The next morning, her 2006 Nissan Altima was gone, police said.

Police said Roland and Blumingburg were seen on camera with the stolen vehicle in two separate locations. Roland was eventually arrested in Illinois while driving the stolen car, police said.

Blumingburg is still at large.

Police said after stealing the car, Roland and Blumingburg racked up more than $1,000 in purchases using the victim’s debit card, which they found in her purse. The men made purchases at the Coralville and Iowa City Wal-Marts, as well as Kum and Go in Coralville.

Both men could be seen on video using the stolen card, police said.

Roland faces two counts of second-degree theft – joint criminal conduct, four counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and absence from custody for not returning to the Hope House – a residential treatment facility in Coralville – after work on June 19.

He remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail.
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