Beatrice Police Make Shoplifting, Assault Arrests

BEATRICE – Beatrice Police made an arrest Sunday after receiving a report of shoplifting from the local Walmart Store.

Police received a description of a vehicle after someone had been observed taking a bottle of alcohol from the store.  Sergeant Jay Murphy said officers stopped the vehicle shortly afterward and discovered a bottle of alcohol on the floorboard of the vehicle.

:08                  “the alcohol”

Three people were in the vehicle.  The driver, 30-year-old Samuel Petersen, of Hebron, was arrested for alleged shoplifting, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension and having no proof of insurance.  A passenger, 19-year-old Terra Schultz, of Fairbury, was cited for shoplifting.

Late Friday night, Beatrice police received a call from a child, reporting a disturbance at a home in the 900-block of North Fifth.  A male and female were in a dispute over the male taking the woman’s car.  Sergeant Murphy says the female tried to prevent the man, who was intoxicated, from taking the vehicle.

:14                  “in the face”

Police arrested 30-year-old Dennis Garcia, for domestic assault.  Authorities say he has a prior conviction for domestic assault.

Thursday night, Beatrice Police met with a man who came to the department’s headquarters to report a woman had come into his home and strangled him.  After investigating the incident, Murphy said officers arrested 22-year-old Billie Morter on suspicion of strangulation and 3rd degree domestic assault.  She was also booked for child abuse, because three children were in the home where the dispute took place.

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