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Dubuque Man Accused of Stealing DVD, Punching Clerk


A Dubuque man is accused of stealing a DVD from a local pawn shop and punching a store employee who tried to stop him. Police were called to Allied Pawn on Central Avenue at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. An employee at the store told officers that a man had shoplifted a DVD. The clerk chased after the thief and caught up with him about a block from the store. That’s when the thief turned and punched the worker in the nose. Later that afternoon, police arrested 31-year-old Dwayne Brandel on a charge of aggravated theft. Police say traffic camera footage backs up the store employee’s version of events. The DVD that Brandel is accused of stealing is valued at just $1.49.

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