Cedar Rapids test driver arrested after failing to return Perry SUV

Mickey Joe Belieu, 27, of Cedar Rapids was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for second-degree theft.

A Cedar Rapids man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Wednesday in connection with a November incident in Perry in which he allegedly took a used car for a test drive and never returned.

Mickey Joe Belieu, 27, of 6116 Dean Rd. S.W., Cedar Rapids, was charged with second-degree theft.

According to court records, the incident occurred Nov. 10, when Belieu “requested to test drive a white 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, valued at $8,900,” at a Perry dealership.

After 90 minutes, an employee of the dealership reported the vehicle stolen to the Perry Police Department, and “a stolen-vehicle form was filled out.”

After four days, the vehicle had not been returned, and an arrest warrant was order Nov. 17 in Dallas County District Court and served Dec. 16.

Belieu is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for an initial appearance Dec. 17 in Dallas County District Court.

Belieu was convicted of third-degree theft, third-degree burglary and four counts of fifth-degree theft in 2013 in Polk County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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