Two people from Marion were arrested late Wednesday evening, May 12, and charged with stealing from the Cedar Rapids Salvation Army.

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Matthew and Jennifer Cronan have been charged with taking about $26,600 in gift cards that were in a safe at the Salvation Army location at 1000 C Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Police says Matthew Cronan was working there as a seasonal worker at the time.

Authorities say that after Matthew Cronan took the gift cards, he used them to purchase items at various Walmart stores. The purchases were allegedly made from November 20, 2020, through March 9, 2021. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says Jennifer Cronan is "accused of being complicit in using the gift cards to purchase items... while knowing the cards had been acquired illegally." The press release also stated that some of the items bought with the gift cards were recovered at the couple's home.

Officers with the Cedar Rapids Police Department arrested 50-year-old Matthew D. Cronan and 46-year-old Jennifer L. Cronan at their Marion home Wednesday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. They were transported to the Linn County Jail. Both have posted bond after being charged with First-Degree Theft.

Cedar Rapids Salvation Army Captain Shawn DeBaar told our news partner, Iowa's News Now CBS 2,

This situation only impacted the Cedar Rapids unit. The Salvation Army Cedar Rapids is fully insured, therefore, none of the monies entrusted to The Salvation Army were lost. This situation has not -- and will not -- impact services of The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids.


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