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Two arrested in Cedar Rapids after theft of more than $2,000 in merchandise from multiple stores

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:14 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Two people from Waterloo were arrested in Cedar Rapids on Monday after allegedly stealing more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from multiple stores.

In a news release, officials said 32- year-old Steven Esparza and 27-year-old Jessica Morris were arrested on multiple theft charges.

32- year-old Steven Esparza (right) and 27-year-old Jessica Morris (left) were arrested on...
32- year-old Steven Esparza (right) and 27-year-old Jessica Morris (left) were arrested on multiple theft charges.(KCRG)

The thefts reportedly happened at Dick’s Sporting Goods, located at 4601 1st Avenue SE, and the Walgreens located at 2821 1st Avenue SE.

Officials said Esparza and Morris left the store with a shopping cart full of about $1,395 in merchandise without paying.

They then put the stolen merchandise into a 1997 Chevrolet S10 truck, that was also determined to be stolen, and drove away.

Police found the stolen vehicle in the PetSmart parking lot at 4810 1st Avenue NE. Esparza and Morris were found and detained at the Bed, Bath & Beyond at 4840 1st Avenue NE. Officers say they found the key to the truck with the stolen merchandise in the Esparza’s pocket

Additionally, about $1,048 worth of stolen merchandise was found in the truck, and was determined to have been stolen from Walgreens earlier Monday afternoon. The stolen items included electronics, household cleaning items and makeup products.

Esparza was also found to have had outstanding warrants from the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office and Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

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