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Arrest Made in Wheelchair Theft

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department has arrested Rick Allen Smith, DOB/07/26/1974, age 39, for his involvement with the theft of wheelchairs from the parking lot of the Stoney Point YMCA in southwest Cedar Rapids between December 13 and December 15, 2013.  The wheelchairs belonged to SportAbility of Iowa, which provides sports and recreation opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities.

Smith was arrested on two outstanding warrants including Theft-1st Degree for knowingly possessing stolen property valued at over $10,000 and Criminal Mischief-1st Degree for causing property damage greater than $10,000.  The property stolen included SportAbility of Iowas wheelchairs and equipment.  Some of the wheelchairs were recovered after a search warrant was executed at Smiths residence; however the majority of the wheelchairs were chopped up and completely destroyed.  Both charges are Class C felonies.

The original SportAbility of Iowa report was made on December 16, 2013, after the trailer containing their wheelchairs was stolen between December 13 and December 15, 2013 from the Stoney Point YMCA, 300 Stoney Point Road SW.  The trailer was located in Benton County on December 17, 2013.

In addition to the two warrants, Smith was charged with another count of Theft-1st Degree since he was operating a vehicle that was reported stolen in Jones County, valued over $10,000.    He was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail after he was stopped in a stolen vehicle in southwest Cedar Rapids around 9:30 a.m. this morning.
The arrest was made by a combination of the U.S. Marshals Task Force and Cedar Rapids Police Officers.  The warrants were made possible by Cedar Rapids Police Investigators working with the Linn County Attorneys Office, who made the final decision on appropriate charges.

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