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Juvenile Apprehended in Possession of Firearm



The Cedar Rapids Police Department received a report of suspicious activity in the 2600 block of Matthew Drive SW on Thursday, December 10 at 2:59 a.m.  Police officers were advised that there were two individuals using flashlights to look into vehicles.

Officers arrived in the area a short time later and located a garage door partially open in the 2700 block of Willow Street SW as well as a vehicle that was parked in the driveway that had a window broken out and items missing.  At about the same time, another officer located a suspect in the 2600 block of Willow Street SW that matched the description of one of the individuals that was reported as looking into vehicles with a flashlight.

The suspect, identified as a 16-year old male, was subsequently searched and officers located a handgun in his possession.  As part of the investigation, officers determined the handgun was reported stolen on September 7, 2020 from a residence in Cedar Rapids.   The juvenile was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Trafficking in Stolen Weapons, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Interference with Official Acts.  He was transported to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center.

Due to state juvenile confidentiality laws, the Police Department is unable to provide the name of the juvenile that was arrested.

There is an active, ongoing investigation into reported burglaries in the area.  A second suspect that was reported by citizens was not located by officers who searched the area.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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