Cedar Rapids man who stole from Coralville hotel faces host of charges in Linn County

Crime spree includes two armed robberies

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man accused of stealing from a Coralville hotel — his former employer — earlier this month faces a host of charges for a Linn County crime spree, including two armed robberies.

According to multiple Linn County Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Brent J. Rodgers crimes happened throughout the summer. Authorities said on June 30, Rodgers — armed with a gun — robbed the passenger in a vehicle at 715 First Ave. SW. Rodgers allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his money and belongings.

Police said Rodgers attempted to use the victim’s stolen credit cards at two locations in Cedar Rapids and one location in Marion on July 1. Rodgers has been charged with first-degree robbery and three counts of false use of a credit card.

On Aug. 8, Rodgers went to the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee and forged a check that had been counterfeited from a check he stole. The transaction was captured on video and Rodgers presented his identification during the incident, authorities said. He faces one count of forgery for that incident.

Authorities said on Aug. 21 went to a home in the 2700 block of 29th Avenue, Rodgers entered the residence and displayed a machete and what appeared to be a firearm. Police said Rodgers assaulted a woman inside the residence and then ordered her to lock herself in an upstairs bedroom. Rodgers then proceeded to steal the woman’s belongings, including a credit card, which he later used three times. For that incident, Rodgers has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, going armed with intent and three counts of false use of a credit card.

Rodgers was arrested on Oct. 5 after he allegedly entered the Heartland Inn in Coralville, where he was previously employed, and stole cash from a register. Rodgers fled on a bicycle, but was found by police. He was carrying ecstasy and methamphetamine, police said.

Rodgers faces charges of second-degree burglary, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, obstruction, providing false information and interference with official acts for the Coralville incident.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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