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Police: Man steals two cars in one night, crashing one in Wal-Mart parking lot

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 26-year-old man faces a variety of charges after police say he was stopped in a stolen vehicle early Friday and was connected to another stolen vehicle caught on surveillance video hours earlier.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, around 2:15 a.m. officers stopped a Honda Civic without license plates and no lights on near the intersection of Third Street and Fourth Avenue SE.

Police say the driver, Travis Terrell Stewart, 26, took off running on Third Street and police apprehended him a short distance away.

Police learned that the Honda Civic was stolen, and while searching Stewart they discovered a key fob linked to a GMC Yukon stolen from Andrews Collision Center, police said.

Surveillance footage from 12:23 a.m. Friday at Wal-Mart on 29th Avenue SW showed Stewart driving the Yukon and crashing into a cart corral in the parking lot, where he abandoned the car, police said.

Stewart faces two counts of first-degree theft, one count of second-degree theft, interference with official acts with bodily injury, driving without a valid driver’s license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, improper use of a lane, and driving without headlights when required.

First-degree theft is a Class C felony, while second-degree theft is a Class D felony. In Iowa a Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while a Class D felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The rest of the charges are misdemeanors of varying degrees of severity.

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