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Iowa City man faces multiple charges after burglary investigation

Charls P. Niphong
Charls P. Niphong

IOWA CITY — A burglary investigation has led to a host of charges for an Iowa City man.

Officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 400 block of Samoa Drive at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, according to Iowa City police criminal complaints. Officers located a suspect, but he took off running and was not captured, police said.

Police later identified Charls P. Niphong, 19, as a suspect.

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, police responded to a motor vehicle theft in the 2500 block of Clearwater Court. The man told officers his Chevrolet Silverado — valued at $49,000 — was stolen in front of his home. He told police he believed whoever took the truck had to enter the home to steal the keys.

Police believe Niphong took the truck to the Williamsburg area, committed several burglaries and then drove back to Iowa City. He was observed on surveillance footage driving the truck after it was reported stolen, police said.

Later that night, police served a search warrant at Niphong’s residence at 2411 Bartelt Rd. in Iowa City. Police found evidence of the Saturday break-in, a pistol that had been reported stolen and marijuana. As a felon with a previous conviction for third-degree burglary, Niphong is barred from possessing a firearm.

Niphong was arrested and faces charges of first-degree theft, attempted second-degree burglary, trafficking in stolen weapons, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 26 years in prison.

Jail records show a hold has been placed on Niphong by the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office.

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