UPDATE: A 29-year-old Iowa City man was in the Johnson County Jail on Tuesday morning after police said he illegally entered City High School early Tuesday to “see if there was a security system.”
Police responded to the Iowa City high school, 1900 Morningside Drive, at 12:42 a.m. for a burglary alarm, according to a criminal complaint. Officers found an unsecured door on the east side of the school’s new building, police reported.
During a search of the school, officers reported finding a man identified as Forrest Kristian Weger in the boiler room. He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree burglary, a felony, and investigators reviewed surveillance video taken from the school, according to the complaint.
In the video, Weger is seen entering several rooms and trying to enter many more, police reported. He was in possession of a video recorder that he took from one of the rooms, according to the complaint, and he told police that he entered the school “to see if there was a security system.”
Weger was being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond Tuesday morning.
On his Facebook page, Weger indicates that he attended City High and was in the class of 2002. He is not listed as a City High graduate in The Gazette’s records.
Iowa City police Sgt. Vicki Lalla said officers searched the entire school after arresting Weger to make sure no one was in the building, nothing else was taken and nothing was left behind.
Lalla said Weger is on the department’s radar now, but “I don’t think that we can make anything more of it at this time.”
Weger has a lengthy criminal history in Iowa, including several felony convictions for theft, burglary, unauthorized use of a credit card and forgery in Linn, Johnson, Polk and Warren counties.
Other convictions on his record include operating a vehicle without consent, eluding police, violating his probation, minor theft charges, and drug violations. As a juvenile, he was arrested for interference with official acts causing bodily injury, eluding police, operating a vehicle without consent, theft and burglary charges.
His charges came in numerous counties across the state.
In 2005, The Gazette reported that Weger was arrested after a vehicle chase with police that led through downtown Cedar Rapids. Officers reportedly were after him because Weger, who was wanted on felony warrants for burglary, second-degree theft, escape and unauthorized use of a credit card, had gotten into a stolen vehicle.
Officers had to deploy Stop Sticks in the pursuit, and Weger is accused of continuing to drive on a shredded tire before veering into a curb, bailing out of the car and leading officers on a short foot chase.
The Daily Iowan in 2003 reported that Weger was arrested after taking a 1990 Jeep and replacing the license plates with others from a similar Jeep — to disguise the vehicle. He also was charged at the time with credit card fraud after he allegedly bought a video game with a stolen credit card.
Earlier that week, according to the report, Weger was charged with fourth-degree theft for allegedly removing a PlayStation, video games and other items from their packages and placing them in a garbage container that he then took out of the store.