Iowa man gets 12 years for carjacking, robbery of cell store

A Cedar Rapids man involved in an armed carjacking and robbery in 2017 has received 12 years in federal prison.

25-year-old Gage Rupp pleaded guilty after stealing a woman's car at gunpoint, and then using it in a robbery at a Sprint phone store.

Rupp has a long history of criminal activity in the Cedar Rapids area, including drug possession, attempted burglary and assaulting his pregnant girlfriend twice.

U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand said Rupp has been a “menace and drain on society, and added that Rupp had many chances in the past to change his conduct.

The Gazette newspaper reports that police were alerted to the robbery at the Sprint store because one of the stolen items was a tracker. Officers responded to the tracking device within a few minutes and arrested Rupp and two accomplices.

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