MASON CITY | Mason City man is in jail after allegedly stealing merchandise from Family Dollar and possessing marijuana Thursday, police say. 

Robert Joshua Jones, 37, is charged third-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana-first offense.

Jones was allegedly caught with merchandise hidden in his coat pockets about 3:56 p.m., according to court documents. 

“The value of the merchandise was under $200, but Jones has been convicted of theft at least twice before,” the criminal complaint said.

Marijuana was also allegedly found in his coat pocket, court documents say. 

Jones is being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Jan. 19.

— Courtney Fiorini


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