Trust and a sense of community are huge when it comes to a small town, but when a beloved community establishment is victimized by crime not once, but twice in the same weekend, the folks in town start to feel uneasy, a bit let down, and lose some of that trust.
A couple of teenagers had quite a busy weekend as a Vinton convenience store was robbed by these same two kids, who now face criminal charges, two times this past weekend.
KWWL says that 18-year-old Cameron Hoffpauir, 18, of Cedar Rapids, and a 17-year-old girl of Vinton were both arrested Saturday morning, January 22. Security footage determined that the two teenagers stole from John's Qwik Stop on both Friday and Saturday. A large amount of money and merchandise was found in a home where the two were arrested. Hoffpauir was reportedly released from jail but faces a trial on three Class D felonies, including third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, and trespass.
The burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges are all Class D Felonies and each carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The unnamed 17-year old faces those charges plus a charge of interference with official acts. That 17-year-old was taken to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora.
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