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Weekend police: Suspects charged in separate theftsTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Elliott Weigel
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Elliot A. Fair

A young North Platte man was charged Saturday with stealing a rifle from a home in the 600 block of S. Silber.

Elliott Weigel, 19, is in the Lincoln County jail, held on a $25,000 bond.

The case began at 8:13 a.m. Saturday, when police received a report of the stolen rifle. The victim said someone evidently stole the rifle during the past month. 

Elliott Weigel was suspected, based on past incidents between Weigel and the victim, police spokesman John Deal said.

An investigating officer questioned Weigel, and determined that he had a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.

Weigel was seen leaving a residence near Alpha and Jefferson in a vehicle, so police pulled the car over and arrested Weigel for the warrant. 

The officer also determined he was staying at a home nearby, and asked the owners for permission to search it. The owners gave their consent, Deal said.

Deal said the stolen rifle was found in the basement and Weigel was questioned further, then charged with theft and possession of a stolen firearm, as well as violating the terms of his previous jail bond.

This time, bond is set at $25,000.

A year ago, Weigel was charged with burglary. According to sheriff’s records, he was released for that charge on May 12, 2016 on 10% of a $20,000 bond.


Glen Rose Ave.

Police pressed burglary charges Saturday against Elliott Fair, 36.

On Saturday at 5:02 p.m., an officer took a burglary report from a home in the 300 block of Glen Rose Ave. on the west side of North Platte.

The owner said he had been away and upon returning, found the front door open and a window broken out. Numerous items of property, including tools, fishing equipment, clothing and electronic equipment were reportedly stolen. 

The victim had no suspects, but later in the evening some of the stolen items were pictured on a local Facebook "for sale" page, Deal said.

Officers were able to determine the person selling the items lived in the 2100 block of W. Third. 

The next morning at 11:56 a.m., officers served a search warrant at that residence, and found a majority of the stolen items.

The residents were interviewed and cooperative. They told police Elliott Fair contacted them about some items he had for sale. According to the residents, Fair said he had obtained a foreclosed home in the 300 block of Glen Rose and owned the items that were left inside. Fair allegedly invited the residents over to see the items in the home and sold them a bunch of things, Deal said.

Investigators determined that Fair was living in the same block of Glen Rose as the burglary, but at a different house. Police obtained another search warrant later Saturday afternoon for Fair’s residence. Fair, along with other items stolen in the burglary, were found inside, Deal said. 

The victim's home was not in foreclosure. Officers developed probable cause to believe that Fair broke into it. Also, a toddler was found in the home with Fair, along with some suspected drug related items, which will be sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for further testing. 

Fair was charged with burglary and child abuse and taken to jail. Bond is set at $25,000.



At 9:23 a.m. on Saturday, police received information that David and Tiffany Rankins, a married couple, were staying at the Quality Inn. 

Although the couple are married, an active protection order restricts David from having contact with Tiffany. 

Police contacted the couple in the motel room and determined that both were knowingly and willingly in the same room with a protection order in place. 

David Rankins was charged with violating the protection order and Tiffany was charged with aiding and abetting. The charges are misdemeanors.

Each of the suspects are held on a $25,000 bond, according to sheriff’s records. 


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/15/2017
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