A southeast Nebraska police department found itself in the unusual position of victim last week after burglars stole several boxes of ammunition, bulletproof vests and other essential equipment.
Saline County Sheriff Alan Moore said a 20-year-old Strang, Neb., man and two juvenile males were arrested Thursday in connection with the break-in of the Friend Police Department. The adult, Douglas W. Udell, was jailed on a burglary charge.
“There are serious concerns when a police department is broken into and that type of equipment is taken,” Moore said. “I am very happy with the effort that was put into this case ... and more importantly getting that type of equipment out of the hands of criminals.”
The Friend Police Department is in a former tool shed that has been called the “world's smallest police station.” The burglary occurred in the early-morning hours when the station was not occupied.
Moore said the men on May 15 broke in through a window and gained access to a locked evidence locker. The stolen items included badges, bulletproof vests, night-vision goggles, a police radio and several boxes of ammunition.
Some of the stolen property was found near Friend on the night of the burglary. Other stolen items were recovered the next day from the residence of the adult suspect.
One of the juveniles was released to his family and the other is being held at a facility in Sarpy County.
Friend is a city of about 1,025 about 40 miles southwest of Lincoln.
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