Public Safety

2 women charged with stealing more than $2,000 in merchandise from Linn County stores

(File photo) A Cedar Rapids Police vehicle.
(File photo) A Cedar Rapids Police vehicle.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police have arrested two women who are accused of stealing more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from three stores and leading police on a car chase.

Jada L. Jones-Price, 24, of Davenport, and Malena C. McCray, 18, of Rock Island, Ill., were arrested Thursday. They face charges of second-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and McCray faces an additional charge of attempt to elude, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states a juvenile also was involved, but gives no other information.

Police said the charges stem from thefts that occurred Thursday at J.C. Penney, T.J.Maxx and Old Navy.

According to the complaint, the three were seen stealing “a substantial amount of merchandise valued in excess of $1,500” at the J.C. Penney store, 2400 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids,

When confronted by police, they fled, leading officers “on a dangerous high-speed chase on Interstate 380 at speeds exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 25 mph,” according to the complaint. The chase ended in Solon.

The complaint states officers found more than $2,000 worth of J.C. Penney merchandise in the vehicle and merchandise from T.J.Maxx and Old Navy.

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