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Iowa City man steals Kia and credit card, buys items in Riverside, Washington, and Oskaloosa

An Iowa man has been accused of stealing a car, and using a credit card found in the car to purchase items.

According to an Iowa City Police Department complaint, David Carlos Walters, 35, has been arrested on the charge of first degree theft, a class C felony, following the theft of a 2012 Kia Optima.

According to the complaint, the owner of the car reported it stolen. She said it had been parked outside her residence in the area of Prentiss St. and Capitol St.

She said that her credit cards and other property was inside the vehicle at the time.

The victim’s credit car was later used to make purchases in Riverside, Washington, and Oskaloosa.

According to the complaint Walters was recorded on surveillance video at stores using the victim’s card. Allegedly he told one of the businesses at the time that the card “belonged to his girlfriend.”

A receipt with the Walters’ name and driver’s license number was recovered in the back pocket on the driver’s seat when the car was found. Most of the victim’s contents were discarded on the side of the road in Leighton, IA and was recovered by a postal carrier.

The car was ultimately located unoccupied on Wolf Ave. in Iowa City.

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