Public Safety

Iowa City restaurant employee accused of vandalism; Cleanup costs over $10,000

The Braised Short Ribs entree (from left), S’mores dessert, Vegetables and Ancient Grains entree, Classic Meatballs small plate starter, and Avocado Ravioli small plate starter at Linn Street Dive in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (Gazette photo)
The Braised Short Ribs entree (from left), S’mores dessert, Vegetables and Ancient Grains entree, Classic Meatballs small plate starter, and Avocado Ravioli small plate starter at Linn Street Dive in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (Gazette photo)

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City restaurant was vandalized by one of its employees, police said.

William M. Hebets, 24, of Iowa City, is charged with first-degree criminal mischief — a felony — after Linn Street Dive was found damaged.

An officer was called Monday to the restaurant at 117 N. Linn St. for a report of vandalism, an Iowa City police criminal complaint said.

Police said the dining room, kitchen and cooler area had been sprayed extensively with a fire extinguisher. Glass windows and bottles were shattered, and vinegar and cooking oil were sprayed on the walls.

The cost to clean up the restaurant is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

The restaurant owner reviewed surveillance footage and recognized the suspect as Hebets, who was one of her employees, police said.

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