IOWA CITY — A man stole a vehicle and drove hundreds of miles south because he wanted to escape the cold weather, police in eastern Iowa said.

Harold Schneider, who was arrested Saturday, faces one count of first-degree theft.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said Schneider stole a vehicle on New Year's Eve from an Iowa City home. He was caught days later, about 600 miles south, in Mississippi.

Schneider reportedly told police he stole the vehicle because he was tired of the cold and snow and wanted to go where it was warm. — AP

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