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Man Sentenced for Stealing Hundreds of Scientific Calculators

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    April 3, 2014 | 10:09 am
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Federal authorities said a man traveling through Iowa was convicted of thefts from Walmart stores in multiple states.

    Authorities said Jacob Nelson, 31, of Wichita, Kansas, stole scientific calculators from the stores and then shipped them to New York City.

    He was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to 30 months in federal prison.

    Nelson admitted to agreeing with others to transport over $5,000 in stolen scientific calculators. Nelson further admitted that on August 13, 2013, he and another person drove from Wisconsin into Iowa in possession of over 200 stolen scientific calculators valued at more than $26,000.

    Nelson also admitted that on August 13, 2013, he and another person stole 14 scientific calculators valued at $1,295 from the Wal-Mart in Maquoketa.

    Nelson was arrested driving away from the Walmart. Police found hundreds of stolen calculators and two loaded handguns in Nelson's car.

    Nelson also ordered to make $163,974.96 in restitution to Walmart as part of his sentence.

    Nelson's brother, Caleb, was also charged and pleaded guilty in connection with the case.