Beverage container leads to break in Iowa City theft case

Stolen property was valued at more than $20,000

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IOWA CITY — A discarded beverage container helped authorities tie a Cedar Rapids woman to a theft of more than $20,000 in stolen property.

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office criminal complaints, on Sept. 21, the owner of the residence in the 4500 block of Sand Road reported that property had been stolen from his shop. The owner said the property — which included $11,000 in lawn care equipment — was valued at more than $20,000.

While investigating the theft, a beverage container was found at the scene. Using DNA found on the container, investigators tied 33-year-old Mickell N. Briggs to the theft. Police said Briggs admitted to her involvement in the theft and that she intended to sell the stolen items. Briggs provided investigators with information on the whereabouts of a stolen lawn mower, which was recovered.

Briggs has been arrested and faces charged of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; and third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. If convicted of both offenses, she would face up to 15 years in prison.

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