GPS tracker leads to arrest of Coralville robbery suspect

Device was among cellphones stolen from store, police say

CORALVILLE — A Global Positioning System tracker helped police capture a man accused of robbing a cellphone store on Wednesday.

According to a Coralville police criminal complaint, officers were called to Sprint, 2445 Second St., at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an armed robbery. Police said the suspect entered the store and pulled a handgun on employees.

The suspect demanded the employees put cellphones into a bag, police said. Authorities said the employees complied with the suspect’s demands, but also placed a GPS tracking device, disguised as a cellphone, into the bag.

While police were initially unable to find the suspect or tracking device, they were informed later in the evening that the tracker was moving. Eventually, the tracker stopped at 930 B Boston Way, Unit 12. Police surrounded the building until Jeremy J. Stanton, 28, exited the apartment and gave himself up to police.

During an interview, Stanton admitted to committing the robbery, police said. He faces one count of first-degree robbery, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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