Iowa City Police: Women Stole Friend's Car, Used It In Robbery

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa City woman is accused of stealing her friend's car and using it as the getaway vehicle in a robbery.

According to police records, Coralville police have charged 41-year-old Wanda D. Levi with second-degree robbery — aiding and abetting. Iowa City police have charged her with operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.

Police said Levi went to her friend's home at 1 a.m. on April 2 and asked to stay the night. The friend allowed Levi to stay, but when she woke up that morning, both Levi and her Nissan Rogue were gone, police said.

At 12:30 p.m. that day, a man reported being robbed on Second Street in Coralville. The man told police that while he was talking to a friend, an unknown suspect opened his car door and demanded that the man give the suspect cash. The suspect then reached into the man's coat pockets and grabbed $30 cash. The suspect fled the scene in a Nissan Rogue.

Police said photos taken of the vehicle and the driver show Levi behind the wheel. The car was later located on Davis Street in Iowa City.

Second-degree robbery is a Class C felony. Operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent is an aggravated misdemeanor.
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