BEATRICE – An ongoing investigation into burglaries in the area has netted three arrests, following a Beatrice traffic stop and the search of a rural residence.
Gage County law officers, Friday afternoon, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Johnathan Loury, of Fairbury. He and a passenger, 28-year-old Trevor Hurley, of Blue Springs, were arrested.
Both men are being held in the Gage County Jail on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, being an accessory to burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. Loury was also arrested for possession of burglar tools.
Authorities say the pair are suspected in the burglary of a U.S. Cellular tower substation near Blue Springs, which happened August 11th.
Saturday, officers served a search warrant on a residence along West Locust Road near Beatrice. Deputies suspect stolen copper wire and other items had been transported to the residence, and that insulation had been burned from the wire to prepare it for being taken to a salvage yard.
At the scene, deputies recovered electrical items believed to have been stolen from at least one of five different cell phone tower substations, burglarized in Gage County in recent days. Law officers also seized drug evidence. During the search, authorities arrested 37-year-old David Stevens, of Beatrice, on suspicion of being an accessory to burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Gage County authorities also say criminal charges against the three men are pending in both Jefferson and Saline Counties. Gage, Jefferson and Saline County officers have been involved in the investigation.
In Gage County Court Monday, appearance bond was set at $100,000 for Hurley…$20,000 for Loury…and $10,000 for Stevens. All three face further hearing September 7th, in Gage County Court.