Two charged with theft after break in at A-1 Performance Power Sports

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Two people accused of breaking into a Cedar Rapids business have been arrested and charged with theft.

Jake Hess, 44, and Jennifer Mangold, 47, are accused of breaking into A-1 Performance Power Sports on Mt. Vernon Road, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Hess was charged with first-degree theft, third-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mangold was charged with third-degree theft, providing false identification, possession of a controlled substance, possessing contraband, and revocation of probation.

The owner of the business told KCRG-TV9 about $200,000 in merchandise was stolen including helmets, clothing, a doll collection money in the cash register, and about 15 to 18 motorcycles and mopeds.

Sheriff's deputies were able to locate six motorcycles, one scooter, various merchandise, shop tools, and equipment after executing a search warrant at 506 Memorial Drive SE in Cedar Rapids. This is the same address for Hess' residence as given by authorities.

Owner Chuck Hanson said the crime happened on "Tuesday or Wednesday," of last week but did not report the incident to the Linn County Sheriff's Office until Thursday.

Col. John Stuelke with the Linn County Sheriff's Office told TV9: "We took a report [Thursday] on the theft of 16 Harley Davidson motorcycles, two Schwinn mopeds and two ATV’s."

Hanson said this is the tenth time the business has been broken into over the last five years.

He said the security system, including a monitor and DVR system, was stolen.