Public Safety

Multiple trucks stolen during Johnson County crime spree

Michael Vogel had been serving probation at Hope House in Coralville

Michael J. Vogel
Michael J. Vogel

IOWA CITY — A Hope House resident is accused of stealing multiple trucks during a June crime spree.

Michael J. Vogel, 25, had been serving probation for first-degree theft at the Hope House residential facility in Coralville.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Vogel broke a window around 5:45 p.m. June 30 at Berg Auto Sales, 4165 Alyssa Court SW in Iowa City.

Once inside, authorities said Vogel used “a large metal device” to break through the drywall and move throughout the business. While inside, authorities said he stole two computers and a drill.

He also entered a truck and drove it from the interior of the business to the exterior, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities said Vogel then took a second vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, and drove away in it.

Criminal complaints show Vogel took the stolen Silverado to a residence in the 3600 bock of 500th Street SW in Riverside. Authorities said Vogel parked the truck in the driveway and stole a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 registered to the Sharon Telephone Co. From there, Vogel drove to Earl’s Radiator, 1416 E Ave. in Kalona, and took a truck belonging to a customer there, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities said the stolen Dodge Ram contained items taken from Berg Auto Sales. Investigators were able to identify Vogel through fingerprints left at Berg Auto Sales and surveillance footage taken from a nearby business.

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Vogel has been arrested and faces two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree burglary, both felonies, and one count each of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, third-degree theft and third-degree criminal mischief, all aggravated misdemeanors.

Court records show Vogel, who has a lengthy criminal history in Iowa, stole from other Johnson County businesses earlier that day.

Coralville police said Vogel stole a cooler from Scheels, 1461 Coral Ridge Ave., around 2 p.m. June 30. About 10 minutes later, Vogel showed up at Menards, 2605 Naples Ave. in Iowa City. There, police said Vogel hid merchandise in a cooler, then tried to walk out without paying. Store employees followed Vogel to a nearby gas station, where he dropped the items — valued at $830 — and fled on foot.

Vogel already was in custody for the Scheels and Menards thefts at the time of his arrest in the truck thefts, according to jail records.

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