CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Police officers have arrested a suspect in a catalytic converter theft. On Saturday, May 29 at 3:21 a.m. officers were dispatched to Jones Park near the clubhouse at 2901 Fruitland Boulevard SW for a report of suspicious activity. A caller indicated there was a red truck parked next to a City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation van and there was someone underneath the van with a flashlight. The reporting party also indicated hearing a grinding noise.
Officers arrived on scene to find the City Parks and Recreation vehicle had been lifted with a floor jack, tools were underneath the van, and part of the muffler was hanging on the ground. As officers were investigating, an individual starting running to the east of the officers’ location. The individual was the only person in the area and was given several verbal commands to stop running from officers. Officers were able to catch up to the individual and apprehend him on the edge of the parking lot to the clubhouse. The individual, identified as Jason Layne Rose, DOB/10-21-1974, age 46, was arrested, taken to a local hospital for evaluation for a possible medical condition and a laceration to one of his fingers, and then transferred to the Linn County Correctional Center. He was arrested for Theft - 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief – 3rd Degree, and Interference with Official Acts.
Officers were able to collect evidence at the scene, including a reciprocating saw that was allegedly being used to remove the catalytic converter from the City Parks and Recreation vehicle. The suspect allegedly admitted the red truck parked next to the City vehicle belonged to him.
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