Cedar Rapids man faces charges in Coralville motel break-in

Police found suspect inside now-closed Capri Lodge

CORALVILLE — Police say a Cedar Rapids man was caught in the act of breaking into a shuttered Coralville motel.

According to Coralville police, around 8:13 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Capri Lodge, 705 Fifth St., by a neighbor who heard noises coming from the laundry room and northern areas of the now-closed motel. Police said they entered the laundry room, heard noises coming from an interior hallway and found Theodore D. Newcomb, 34, inside, holding a piece of luggage and a flashlight. He also was found to be in possession of a crowbar, cutting tool and lock-pick set.

Newcomb told police he had permission to remove copper from the building, police said. However, when police placed him into custody and checked on his claims, they learned he was lying, they said.

Newcomb faces charges of third-degree burglary, a felony, and possession of burglars tools, an aggravated misdemeanor. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of both charges.

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