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Arrest made in 2015 Iowa City burglary

IOWA CITY — An Illinois man has been arrested in connection with a 2015 theft at an Iowa City bar.

Iowa City police said Rashai M. Pendelton, 23, of Rock Island, and accomplices entered Brothers Bar & Grill in downtown Iowa City through an unlocked back door on Dec. 6, 2015.

Police said the men entered a restricted area and stole four backpacks belonging to employees, who were working in the building.

Authorities said Pendelton and his accomplices took at least two credit cards from the backpacks before tossing them in a trash can.

Police said within an hour of the burglary, Pendelton and his accomplices used one of the stolen credit cards to buy a gaming system at a Wal-Mart in Davenport.

Another suspect tried to buy another gaming system with a second stolen credit card, but the card was declined, police said.

Police said Pendelton was interviewed by a Bettendorf police officer about an unrelated credit card case when he admitted going into Brothers in December 2015.

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Pendelton said he found the credit card on the floor in the bar, but police said video evidence refuted that claim.

Pendelton refused to name his accomplices, police said.

He was arrested Friday and faces one count of attempted burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor.

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