Public Safety

Man stole from multiple businesses in Marion and Cedar Rapids, police say

Evan James Shelton
Evan James Shelton

Police arrested a Marion man who faces multiple charges stemming from a series of theft incidents that occurred over the past six months in the Cedar Rapids area.

According to the criminal complaints, Evan J. Shelton, 32, faces five counts of second-degree theft, three counts of third-degree theft, two counts of fourth-degree theft, one count of forgery and four counts of removal of a theft-detection device over $200.

The charges, police said, stem from multiple thefts that occurred at various businesses — including Target, Menards, Sam’s Club and Hy-Vee — beginning Dec. 28, 2018.

That first incident in December took place at Hy-Vee on Mount Vernon Road. There, Shelton allegedly took eight bottles of alcohol that in total were valued at more than $500.

Shelton faces a third-degree theft charge in that case.

The next three incidents occurred between Jan. 11 and Feb. 6 at the Target on Edgewood Road SW, where in three separate thefts Shelton allegedly removed theft-prevention devices and stole three Shark Robotic Vacuum systems valued at about $500 each.

Shelton pawned two of the systems at Siegel’s hours after the thefts, the complaint states.

He faces one second-degree theft charge and three counts of removal of a theft-detection device over $200 in connection with those incidents.

Shelton also is accused of stealing from two local businesses on March 15 and a third on March 30.

On the 15th, the complaint states Shelton was caught by loss prevention employees at Von Maur on First Avenue NE taking merchandise valued at about $675 and leaving the store. Shelton was stopped and detained outside the store, and police said he later admitted to the theft.

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That day, Shelton allegedly was captured on security video at the Target on Blairs Ferry Road NE, removing a theft-prevention device from a Dyson air purifier valued at about $600 and taking it from the store without paying.

He faces two charges of third-degree theft and one count of removal of a theft-detection device over $200 in connection with those incidents.

Roughly two weeks later, Shelton allegedly stole several pieces of jewelry from Sam’s Club on Blairs Ferry Road NE.

The complaint states police determined Shelton took two diamond rings and a diamond bracelet, each of which were worth more than $1,000. Police said he later pawned the jewelry at EZ-Pawn and Siegel’s.

Shelton faces three counts of second-degree theft in connection with that incident.

On April 9, Shelton allegedly committed two thefts — one with items worth more than $200 from Menards in Marion — and then fled.

That incident resulted in a charge of fourth-degree theft.

Three weeks later, on April 30, Shelton is accused of using a fake $100 bill to get change at Video Games Etc. on Collins Road NE.

He faces a charge of forgery in that case.

Shelton faces a final two theft counts that stem from separate incidents at businesses in Marion and Cedar Rapids.

On May 5, Shelton allegedly issued three forged checks totaling a little more than $300 from a closed account as Payment at Great Clips on Mount Vernon Road. That incident resulted in a fourth-degree theft charge, according to the complaint.

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And on May 7, the complaint states Shelton issued a forged check for $3,200 from a closed account to purchase merchandise at Boyson Jewelry on First Avenue SE. Shelton faces a charge of second-degree theft in that case.

A series of warrants were issued for Shelton’s arrest and he was taken into custody Sunday, police said.

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