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Man arrested in Cedar Falls veterinary clinic burglaries | Crime and courts

CEDAR FALLS — A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing pet medication from a veterinary practice.

Investigators allege Jordon Robert Tait, 31, of Waterloo, gained access to the Cedar Valley Veterinary Center on State Street because his girlfriend cleaned the business after hours.

Court records allege Tait took alprazolam pills and other items in May and June until veterinary staff realized their pharmacy cabinet was short during an audit.

Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, is a sedative for humans that can also be used to calm cats and dogs.

Tait was not employed by the cleaning service, Evergreen Cleaning, and did not have permission to be at the clinic, according to court records.

Police investigators reviewed surveillance video from the clinic that showed Tait in the office while his girlfriend cleaned on May 10. He pulled out pill bottles and put them in his pocket, records show.

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The scene repeated itself on May 11.

Then, on May 20, he reportedly returned at 12:38 a.m. and turned off the alarm. He then used a set of hooks to gain access to the interior door of a medicine storage cabinet and pulled pills from a bottle, according to court records.

He is also accused of taking several insulin needles from the clinic while his girlfriend was cleaning on May 24, May 31 and June 1, records show.

Police were notified on June 2 after staff discovered the thefts.

Tait was arrested on a warrant Thursday for possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and five counts of third-degree burglary. Bail was set at $20,000.

Tait has previous convictions for burglary and theft for allegedly taking a woman’s wallet and car keys from a storage room at Get Air Trampoline Park, then removing a Backstreet Boys CD from her vehicle in February 2021, taking a vape kit in a convenience store in April 2020 and stole a paintball CO2 cartridge from Scheels Sporting Goods in May 2021.

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