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Blake Oren Robinson, of Coralville, was arrested for "criminal mischief with the cheese" in a Hy-Vee bathroom.

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Coralville Man Arrested at Grocery Store for 'Criminal Mischief With The Cheese'

By Stephen Schmidt

Originally published on March 6, 2012

An allegedly intoxicated Coralville man has been accused of stealing items from the First Avenue Hy-Vee Friday afternoon, including a jar of cheese that he allegedly proceeded to use to smear all over the men's restroom.

According to a criminal complaint from the Iowa City police department, Blake Oren Robinson, 28, of Coralville, was seen loitering in the store, and then was shown on security video stealing a jar of Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Medium Cheese, chips and beer. He then allegedly began consuming them in the men's restroom, "committing criminal mischief with the cheese," according to the criminal complaint. This criminal mischief included opening the jar and spreading the cheese all over the floor and walls.

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Investigation by the police found Robinson with some of the beer still in his pocket. Robinson allegedly admitted to spreading the cheese because "he thought it would be funny." According to the criminal complaint, Robinson appeared intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

Police charged Robinson with public intoxication, third-degree theft and criminal mischief -- all misdemeanors.

A Hy-Vee employee had to clean up the cheese with standard toiletry items, according to the complaint.

maxine weimer December 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
See this is what happens when people get drunk! If he had been high he would have just eaten the cheese and not made the mess! LOL
Aly Brown December 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
*appeared intoxicated
Stephen Schmidt December 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Thanks Aly! (hangs head in shame, heads off to commit mischief with the cheese)
maxine weimer December 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Yes as he "appeared intoxicated"

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