Furloughed inmate fails to return to Linn County Jail

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The Linn County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information on a man convicted of stalking and burglary, who failed to return from his court ordered furlough.

Benjamin McCauley, 43, was released from the Linn County Jail on Aug. 4 and failed to return by his scheduled date and time, according to the news release. McCauley is serving a 105-day sentence for two counts of probation revocation, according to the release.

Court records show McCauley was convicted for stalking ex-girlfriend and second-degree burglary in 2015. He was sentenced to probation and one year at the Lary Nelson Center, a residential facility in Cedar Rapids. He violated probation in those convictions.

McCauley stalked the woman from Nov. 11, 2014 through July 16 2015, according to a criminal complaint.

McCauley threatened the woman with verbal and written threats, according to court records. He also showed up at various places she would go, at her home, and there were records showing he called, sent text messages and emails, to the woman during this time.

Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady sentenced McCauley to five years but suspended the sentence and ordered him to serve three years probation and one year at the center, in accordance with the plea agreement.

McCauley is described as a white male, six foot, two inches in height and weighting 190 pounds, according to the release.

The sheriff’s department cautions that citizens with information on McCauley’s whereabouts should not take action themselves; instead, people with information should contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 319-398-3911 or the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491.

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