Public Safety

Complaint: Man robbed same apartment three times

Iowa City police say a 23-year-old man faces burglary charges after he allegedly burglarized the same residence three times.

According to criminal complaints, Marco Ramirez Delabra faces three counts of third-degree burglary. The charges stem from a series of incidents at an apartment in the 2000 block of Waterfront Drive in Iowa City.

On May 5, 2015, the complaint states Ramirez Delabra entered the apartment and allegedly took numerous items including electronics, clothing and cash totaling more than $2,700.

The complaint states a crime scene technician was able to lift a fingerprint from the scene, which was later matched to Ramirez Delabra.

During an interview, police said Ramirez Delabra denied burglarizing the residence but was unable to provide a reasonable explanation as to how his fingerprint got on the window, and the resident reported seeing Ramirez Delabra near the property on prior occasions.

Five months later — on Aug. 31, 2015 — police said Ramirez Delabra burglarized the same residence again, this time taking property totaling more than $6,100 in value, including jewelry and shoes.

The next day, the complaint states Ramirez Delabra sold some of the resident’s jewelry at a pawnshop for $900.

Ramirez Delabra was again seen burglarizing the same apartment on Sept. 30, 2015, according to the complaint, allegedly taking $3,000 of cash and a television.

Police said a witness gave a description of the suspect, which matched the physical appearance of Ramirez Delabra. The witness then identified Ramirez Delabra, “with some certainty,” in a photo lineup, according to the complaint.

A warrant has been requested for Ramirez Delabra’s arrest, police said, but he has not been taken into custody.

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