Public Safety

Nordstrom employee accused of stealing more than $20,000 in merchandise

A Vinton woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole more than $20,000 worth of items from the Nordstrom Midwest Fulfillment Center — which fulfills online orders — in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Officers were called to the center, at 7700 18th St. SW, on Sunday to meet with loss prevention staff.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Rhonda L. Kies, 48, who was a center employee, allegedly had placed several thousand dollars worth of stolen items on an online auction site to sell.

The center’s loss prevention staff also reported that Kies was seen on the facility’s video security system stealing a bracelet before police were called.

The criminal complaint states Kies allegedly admitted to stealing items from the business on more than one occasion over the past couple of years.

Buelow said a majority of the items Kies took were jewelry pieces.

Kies faces a charge of first-degree theft.

Kies is the third Nordstrom employee in the past 11 months to be arrested on accusations of stealing.

Last November, Gary G. Black, 54, was charged with first-degree theft after it was reported that he had taken roughly $6,200 in merchandise and more than $7,000 in cash.

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Police said Black admitted to a series of thefts in which he removed merchandise likely totaling more than $150,000 in value.

Eight months later, Nicholas Heins, 26, of Cedar Rapids was charged with first-degree theft after authorities said he had taken more than $20,000 in merchandise from the facility.

Heins, who also was employed by the center at the time, allegedly admitted to stealing multiple items from June 11 to July 17, 2019.

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