Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man accused of truck and trailer theft after photos surface on social media

First-degree theft is punishable by up to 10 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man is accused of stealing a truck and posting photos of himself inside.

According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, 20-year-old Christian Van Dee was captured on video with an accomplice stealing a 2003 Dodge Ram truck and attached trailer from Huber Enterprises, 2341 Blairs Ferry Road NE, on Sunday. Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman said photos depicting the theft were posted to social media and multiple people identified Van Dee as the culprit.

Additionally, authorities said Van Dee posted photos of himself inside the truck to social media and bragged about committing the theft.

Van Dee now faces one count of first-degree theft, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Van Dee was also one of two people arrested Wednesday after a fight broke out at Greene Square and carried over to the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Buelow said Wednesday’s scrum, which involved about half a dozen people, was not related to the theft.

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