Blairstown IA man arrested for weekend auto theft

Blairstown IA man arrested for auto theft

A Blairstown Iowa man has been taken into custody for allegedly stealing a car and trying to gain entrance to another vehicle in an attempt to steal it.

Arrest records report that officers were called to the Global Mart on 2nd Street in Coralville Sunday at 6pm on reports of a motor vehicle theft. Security footage shows the subject, later identified as 32 year-old Jeffery Parson, intentionally taking possession of a 2000 Honda Accord while it was parked outside the store.

Approximately three hours later, officers were called to the Coral Plaza on reports of a subject trying to get into the reporting party’s car. Upon arrival, they observed Parson damaging the vehicle, a 2016 Toyota Highlander. Police say he had already broken off several pieces of equipment from the rear of the vehicle and was using a car key, attempting entrance through the rear hatch.

Parson allegedly admitted trying to gain entry to the Highlander, and by estimates had already caused over $1000 in damage.

Upon arrival at the Johnson County Jail post arrest, Parson’s medical condition took priority and he was transferred to the Emergency Room at the UIHC, where he was admitted.

Parson is charged with 2nd degree theft and 2nd degree criminal mischief, both Class D felonies. If convicted on both charges, Parson could be sentenced to up to ten years in prison.