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Public Safety

Police: Man steals two vehicles in one week, arrested for second theft Thursday

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police say a Cedar Rapids man who was arrested last weekend in connection with a car theft is accused of stealing another vehicle.

A 1998 Chevrolet Blazer was reported stolen Tuesday from the Harbor Freight parking lot at 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

On Thursday, officers saw a Chevrolet Blazer at 11:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of C Avenue NE. The SUV had no front license plate, police said.

Officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Jason M. Gladwin, 34. Officers confirmed the Blazer had been stolen.

Gladwin faces charges of second-degree theft, driving while license is under suspension fraudulent use of registration, failure to display registration plate and interference with official acts.

His arrest comes three days after he was released on bond in another pending theft case.

In that case, Gladwin was pulled over about 7:10 p.m. Saturday at Fourth Avenue and 10th Street SE while driving a 1997 Chevrolet S10 that police said had been reported stolen.

Gladwin told the officers he had just bought the truck from someone about five minutes before the traffic stop, but the stolen vehicle report had been filed about five hours earlier, police said.

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Gladwin faces charges of second-degree theft and driving while license is under suspension in that case.

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