Police Search for Suspect in Car Lot Theft

On Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, around 1 a.m., a local car dealership, at 130 Sugar Creek Lane, was broken into and entry was made. Keys and a vehicle were stolen from the car lot. The stolen vehicle was located at a nearby apartment complex on Monday afternoon. A potential suspect fitting the suspect’s description was seen around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, but evaded police. Officers attempted to locate the suspect at the apartment complex. Officers knocked on doors at the apartment building seeking the suspect and more information. The occupants at this complex willingly assisted the officers. This is an ongoing investigation.

Suspect is described as a male, black between 14 to 18 years of age, wearing a red hat and a gray sweatshirt.  The vehicle stolen was a 2017 White Nissan Rogue, but was recovered. Anyone with information is encourage to contact North Liberty Police Department at (319) 626-5724 with additional information.

Our department values include respect, and treating all persons with equality, dignity and courtesy in the course of their duties. This morning on social media, an accusation was made that an officer, while knocking on doors, failed to uphold these values.  However, in reviewing body-worn camera footage, the interactions appear to be pleasant, professional, respectful and cooperative.

A member of the public can make a formal complaint within 10 working days for the date of an incident by completing the Citizen Complaint form and returning it to the police department in person, at 340 N. Main St., by mail, at PO Box 77, North Liberty IA 52317, or via email, to [email protected]. Staff can assist the public in completing the complaint form. Incidents that include potential racial bias will be brought to the local chapter of the NAACP.

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