Toddville man who fell asleep in stolen car faces additional charges

Police say he stole weapons, ammunition

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Toddville man found asleep in a stolen car in September faces new weapons and theft charges.

Timothy J. Meier, 39, initially was arrested by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 5 when they were called to a home in the 3400 block of Otter Road in Toddville for a suspicious vehicle parked there. Authorities said Meier was asleep in the vehicle, a 2011 Dodge Caliber that was determined to be stolen.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said on Friday that a search warrant was conducted on the Dodge Caliber and police located a 9 mm handgun and a box of ammunition inside.

Buelow said the handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle on Aug. 31 in the 4400 of Lee Street NE, Cedar Rapids. The Dodge Caliber was reported stolen that same day from the 600 block of Old Marion Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Buelow said the ammunition was “consistent” with ammunition stolen in another Cedar Rapids case.

Police searched a bar in rural Toddville and found Meier’s property, along with two revolvers and ammunition. The firearms and ammunition were reported stolen in a burglary on Sept. 1, Buelow said.

Meier also is accused of stealing a Chevrolet Impala from the 4200 block of E Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, on Aug. 31. Buelow said that vehicle was recovered the following day at E Avenue and Nilsen Road NE.

Meier previously was charged with first-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance after his initial arrest. Buelow said he now faces charges of trafficking in stolen weapons, possession of a firearm as a felon, second-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and possession of stolen property.

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

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