Lincoln police recover 11-year-old’s prize-winning project after it was stolen from county fair

Lincoln police recover 11-year-old’s prize-winning project after it was stolen from county fair
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A girl’s prize-winning 4-H project that was taken from a county fair last week has been found by Lincoln police.

Officer Angela Sands, spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department, said two men have been cited in connection with the disappearance of the 4-H project: a plastic model of a 1978 Ford pickup.

Allison Morrow, 11, built the model, which is a replica of the pickup her grandfather bought new in Tekamah, Nebraska. She won a prize for it at the Lancaster County Super Fair, and planned to surprise him with it as a gift when the event ended.

But Lincoln police say the model disappeared last Friday from the Lancaster Event Center while it was on display.

Surveillance video showed a man approaching the display, picking up the model without hesitation and walking away. He is later seen placing the model in what appears to be a bag he is carrying and was accompanied by another man.

Staff at an adult treatment center in Lincoln noticed two men at the facility who matched the two men in the video and contacted the Lincoln Police Department, according to police officials. The model pickup was found in the men’s possession, police said.

One of the men was ticketed on suspicion of theft and the other was ticketed on suspicion of theft by receiving.

Sands said Allison’s family has been notified about the recovered pickup and it will be returned to her soon.

Dan Morrow, Allison’s dad, said his daughter is happy the truck was found.

He said she put in about a dozen hours making the football-size plastic glue-together model, which is painted in two-tone blue and silver so it looks just like it did when her grandfather bought it. Her grandfather drove the truck until 1996, and now Dan Morrow drives it.

Allison said she plans to give her grandpa the model to cheer him, because he’s been cooped up in the house after recovering from knee surgeries this spring.

Says Allison: “He’s the best.”

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