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MASON CITY - A Mason City man is back in jail for violating pretrial release after a theft arrest.

Jacob Michael Schmitt, 26, is charged with two counts of fifth degree theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schmitt was arrested May 2 for assault and April 24 for theft and drug offenses.

At about 3:20 p.m. May 9, Schmitt is accused of stealing items from Dollar General at 305 N. Federal Avenue.

“Jacob did take property belonging to Dollar General by concealing it on his person,” court documents said. “Jacob was seen by employee doing this and Jacob then left the store going beyond the last point of sale with making no attempt at paying for the merchandise.”  

The value of the merchandise was listed at about $18.

The same day, at 3:31 p.m., Schmitt was arrested at 4th Street Northwest and North Adams Avenue.

Police found multiple needles used for drugs were found in a box inside of his backpack.

“Jacob is not diabetic and has no valid reason to possess these needles,” court documents said. “Jacob also had two needles with liquid inside them.”

Another fifth degree theft charge was filed May 11 for an incident that occured Feb. 23 at Kohls.

At about 6 p.m., Schmitt allegedly went into Kohls and swapped out his old pair of shoes for a new pair of Converse shoes.

“Jacob was caught on video putting his old shoes into the box and putting the new shoes on his feet before replacing the box on the shelf and leaving the store making no attempt to purchase the shoes and intending to deprive the owner thereof,” court documents said. “The value of the shoes was $65.”

He has two prior convictions for fifth degree theft in 2013 and 2017.

Schmitt is held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on three bonds totaling $5,600.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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