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Arrests made in Cedar Rapids after two vehicle thefts

File photo of a Cedar Rapids police car. (CBS2/FOX28)

Three people are facing charges after Cedar Rapids police made arrests in two vehicle theft cases.

The first theft involved a 2011 Buick Enclave stolen out of Davenport on Sunday. Officers were sent to the Target on Edgewood Road SW for a report of a suspicious person. The caller told police a man was "prowling" vehicles in the store parking lot. A witness was able to get a license plate and it was determined that it was a stolen vehicle out of Davenport. A CRPD officer was able to pull over the vehicle after it left target and arrested 18-year-old Jeremiah Cruz. He was charged with second-degree theft and not having a valid driver's license.

The second theft involved a 2005 Dodge Dakota. Police say 18-year-old Tyler Brisbin stole the pickup on Monday morning and was followed by the victim, who lost sight of the pickup. Police were able to find Brisbin in the vehicle and tried to initial a traffic stop, but Brisbin took off weaving through traffic and running stop signs. Eventually, Brisbin was caught after a foot pursuit. He is charged with felony eluding, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. He also had warrants out of other charges, including three second-degree theft charges.

A passenger in the vehicle, 40-year-old Kimberly Engelbart was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false identification information. Police says they saw her place a glass methamphetamine pipe under the seat during the initial traffic stop.


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