Iowa City police seek man suspected in several burglaries

Trial pending after blood placed suspect at the scene of 2011 break-in

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Police are asking for the public’s help finding a 46-year-old Iowa City area man suspected in several local burglaries.

Anthony Terrell Shields, last known to be living in the Iowa City and North Liberty area, is wanted on warrants for burglary, theft and criminal mischief, according to Iowa City police.

He is described as an black man, 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Shields’ arrest.

Shields has a lengthy criminal history in Iowa, including an arrest in August 2011 on suspicion of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and third-degree criminal mischief after authorities said DNA evidence placed him at the scene of an Iowa City burglary.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, according to police records, used blood left at the scene to identify Shields as a suspect in the theft of more than $1,000 worth of items from 829 Rider St. on Jan. 25, 2011.

Shields was arrested and initially held at the Johnson County Jail on a $40,000 cash bond, but he posted bond in September 2011, according to online court records. In March, prosecutors applied to have Shields’ bond revoked, and a $10,000 warrant was issued.

Shields also has been convicted in Iowa on felony drug charges in 2002 and numerous other charges including domestic assault causing bodily injury.

Anyone with information about Shields can call CrimeStoppers at (319) 358-8477. All calls are anonymous. Police are warning members of the public not to approach Shields or try to apprehend him.

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