NEBRASKA CITY – Police investigations of stolen vehicle reports revealed a parking lot mistake, unexpected borrowers and claims of a quick purchase.
In all, police are investigating reports of three stolen vehicles. The first involved a Talmage girl who parked her parent’s car at Walmart leaving the keys in the ignition. When she returned to the parking lot, the car was gone.
Walmart cameras showed an elderly man come out of the store, stand briefly near the car and then get in. Police were able to track the man to Elk Creek and Johnson County sheriff’s deputies found the car at the man’s residence.
Further review of the Walmart video footage shows the man park his car next to the girl’s car. Both were silver sedans, although one was a Buick and the other a Ford.
The elderly man told deputies he was sure he had taken his own car, but when he retrieved the keys for the deputies he realized it was not his key chain.
Police also received a report that a GMC Terrain was missing from its parking spot near Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue and had not been seen since Friday.
In a separate case Monday morning, a Spanish-language speaker called police to report that her Chevy S10 pickup had been stolen from its parking place on Fifth Avenue.
Police Cpt. Lonnie Neeman was on his way to investigate the stolen S10 pickup when he met the GMC going the other direction.
Police stopped the GMC and ordered its three occupants out at gunpoint in what Neeman described as a felony traffic stop.
Police learned that the GMC had not actually been stolen, but was borrowed unexpectedly.
Later Monday evening, Fremont County sheriff’s deputies located the S10 pickup. They told Neeman a man driving the truck said he had bought it.