Cedar Rapids man accused of stealing car from Iowa City dealership


A Cedar Rapids man has been taken into custody after allegedly stealing a vehicle from an Iowa City dealership.

Police were called to Billion Automotive on Mormon Trek Boulevard the morning of March 31st on report of a stolen vehicle. According to the report, staff told officers that the mother of 31-year-old Paul Ryerson of 9th Street Northwest contacted the dealership to notify them that her son had stolen a vehicle form them.

Staff said that Ryerson had inquired about the vehicle he allegedly stole the weekend before it went missing. They say the theft occurred sometime betweenMarch 29th and 31st.

When officers spoke with Ryerson on the phone, he at first denied taking the vehicle, then reportedly said he had taken it but was no longer in possession of the vehicle. Billion Automotive said the vehicle is worth $11,250.

A warrant was requested for Ryerson’s arrest on April 5th, and he was taken into custody early Tuesday morning. He’s charged with 1st degree Theft, a Class C Felony punishable by a prison term of up to ten years if convicted.