A male suspect has been arrested in Des Moines for allegedly stealing a 1993 Chevy suburban from Tag's One-Stop convenience store in Nebraska City Aug. 5.
Jeremy James Walker, 29, of Saylor Township in Polk County, Iowa, was arrested by the Des Moines Police Department at 3:04 a.m. Friday.
Walker was charged with suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, second offense. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.
The Nebraska City Police Department received a phone call from Jay Mott, 41, of Beloit, Kan., reporting that his suburban was stolen at a convenience store along U.S. Highway 75 South in Nebraska City.
Mott identified a homeless hitchhiker named "Grim" as the suspect who stole his vehicle.
According to NCPD Sgt. Dana Schebaum, Mott told officers that he offered Walker a ride while driving through Illinois. Schebaum said Mott and another man, who had been following Mott in another vehicle, went inside the establishment to pay for gas, leaving the hitchhiker inside the suburban.
When they returned, the Suburban was gone. Schebaum confirmed that Mott left his keys in the vehicle when he went inside the store.
The vehicle has been recovered. No drugs or alcohol were present in the case.