Suspect Arrested For Beatrice Armed Robbery Following Two-State Pursuit

Suspect Arrested For Beatrice Armed Robbery Following Two-State Pursuit
Jonathan Klein

BEATRICE –  A man has been booked into the Gage County Jail on a robbery charge, following a midnight armed holdup of the Git N Split Convenience Store, in Beatrice.  The arrest of Jonathan Klein and a second man wanted on a warrant followed a pursuit that ended south of Pawnee City, along the Nebraska-Kansas state line.

Beatrice Police Chief Bruce Lang says police had been conducting surveillance on an apartment complex yesterday morning at 1800 Scott Street, in Beatrice.

:22                  “near Pawnee County”

Jonathan Klein is being held on suspicion of robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, willful reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

Lang says several law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle.

:44                  “and Kansas”

The driver of the vehicle, Klein, lost control and authorities then arrested him and another person.   Wesley O’Keefe Jr. was arrested on an active warrant and is being held in the Gage County Jail for theft and being a fugitive from justice.

Wesley O’Keefe Jr.

:10                  “still at large”

The third person police are searching for is believed to be the driver of a vehicle used in the robbery.

The pursuit resulting in the arrests began at around 11 a.m. Wednesday and ended just after noon.   Lang says the chase happened on both gravel roads and highways.

:22                  “100 miles an hour, there”

Neither man in the chased vehicle was armed, and Lang says Kansas officers disabled the vehicle to prevent the pair from escaping.

:14                  “couldn’t flee”

Neither suspect was struck by shots.  Lang estimates that ten officers from several departments were involved in the pursuit and arrests.

:39                  “piece of technology”

The Git N Split convenience store was robbed at around midnight late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, by a man brandishing a shotgun.  No one was injured. The suspect was given a small amount of money, then left.  At the time, the store clerk and the suspect were the only persons in the business, located along South 6th Street.

Describing it as “an extremely serious matter”, Gage County Judge Steve Timm today set Klein’s appearance bond at $500,000.  Further hearing is set for July 14th.

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