Three juveniles who were reported missing from the Quakerdale Youth Center in Manning were apprehended Tuesday following a pursuit in Fremont County. Sheriff’s officials say the 16-year old driver of the vehicle and his passengers, a 16-year old male and 13-year old female, were being held on charges of Theft in the 2nd degree, Theft in the 5th degree, Interference with official acts, eluding, reckless driving and a variety of traffic offenses. Additional charges are pending, in other jurisdictions.
Authorities say Fremont County deputies received a call at around 10:40-a.m. Tuesday, about a pursuit involving Otoe County, Nebraska deputies entering Fremont county on Highway 2. During the chase of the stolen, 2012 Dodge Ram pickup, speeds topped 110-miles per hour near the intersection of Highway 2 and Interstate 29, as well as in the City limits of Riverton.
Fremont County deputies joined in on the pursuit at the intersection of Highways 2 & 275, but the pickup was lost in Riverton. A citizen later informed officials a vehicle matching the pickup was observed in Sidney. A vehicle matching the stolen pickup was found in the parking lot of the Sidney Elementary School. An investigation determined the teens had entered the Sidney Community Library to access the internet. When deputies arrived, the teens fled on foot and were apprehended a short time later.
The teens are being investigated as suspects in the theft of a vehicle from Manning, a pursuit in Atchison County, MO, thefts in Nemaha County, NE, and vehicle theft and vehicle arson cases in Cass County, NE.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Otoe and Cass County, NE Sheriff’s Offices, the Iowa State Patrol, and Nebraska Fire Marshall’s Office. An investigation into the teens’ activities continues.