CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- Five people have been arrested for allegedly using a paintball gun to rob a mobile home Thursday night.
The resident at lot 302 at the Country Terrace mobile home park, 700 W. Ridgeway Ave., told police she was at home with her two small children at about 11:20 p.m. when three men kicked in the door. They entered her bedroom, where she was watching TV.
Witnesses recognized one of the intruders, and Cedar Falls police arrested:
— Stephen James Nicol, 20, of 1421 W. Seventh St.
— Anthony Charles Smith, 37, of 4711 University Ave. Apt. 25.
— Jamie Lee Marie Bebee, 18, no permanent address.
— Joshua Marvion Hood, 21, of 4711 University Ave. Apt. 18.
— Andrew Jacob Anderson, age 19, of 4711 University Ave. Apt. 18.
All five are charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree robbery, police said. They were taken to the Black Hawk County Jail. Bond for each was initially set at $50,000.
Authorities said Anderson, Hood and Smith had entered the mobile home.
When the victim attempted to call for help, Smith took her cell phone, court records state. Hood had a paintball gun tucked in his waistband that appeared to be real. He allegedly showed it to scare the woman, records state.
Nicol and Bebee were the getaway drivers and waited outside during the heist, records state.
When they fled, the suspects threw the stolen phone along a highway because they worried police could use it to track them.
A flat-screen TV was stolen during the break-in and was later found in Anderson’s apartment.
Bebee allegedly asked the others to steal the TV because hers had been stolen recently, court records state.
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6 a.m. - CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- Police are investigating a home invasion robbery at Country Terrace mobile home park, 700 W. Ridgeway Ave., late Thursday.
Police were called to Lot 322 at the park at 11:22 p.m. Police Chief Jeff Olson said three individuals entered the residence, displayed a weapon to the resident and took some undisclosed items. The front door was damaged in the incident.
Olson said the case is still under investigation.