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Cedar Rapids Man Faces Multiple Charges After Iowa City Car Break-In

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A Cedar Rapids man faces multiple charges after breaking into a car in September.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, police responded to a report of a vehicle burglary on Bancroft Drive on Sept. 6. The victim reported his car had been broken into overnight and two of his suits, his iPad, sunglasses, wallet and nearly $800 cash were stolen from the vehicle. A cellphone was found inside the car that did not belong to the victim. The phone had a photo of a man - later identified as 18-year-old Jequen J. Ellis - set as the screen saver.

Police said Ellis and two other suspects not identified in criminal complaints, were seen later that day on security camera footage at the Wal-Mart in Coralville. Ellis attempted to purchase more than $1000 worth of $100 American Express credit cards using the man's stolen credit cards, police said. He was only able to purchase one card.

Ellis was arrested Tuesday night in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police said Ellis was driving a stolen car and was stopped at the intersection of East Post and 30th Street Dr. SE. Police said there was marijuana in the car and Ellis was carrying a knife with a blade longer than 3.5 inches. He was also driving with a suspended license.

Police took Ellis to the Linn County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle without the owner's consent, possession of marijuana and carrying weapons, as well as warrants for the Johnson County offenses, including third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, identity theft and unauthorized use of a credit card.

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