The law caught up with fugitive Kim Potter late Saturday and he was taken to the Lincoln County jail.

Officers from several jurisdictions were looking for Potter, and asking for help, after he allegedly stole vehicles and credit cards Monday-Thursday in Lincoln and Dawson counties.

He reportedly left town late in the week, but returned on Saturday. Around noon, police received a tip that he was at a home in the north edge of town, in the 2400 block of N. Sheridan.
As officers arrived, Potter ran west into a cornfield and police chased him.
Police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said an officer told Potter he was going to be tazed if he didn’t stop, which brought him to a stop. Potter was apprehended without further incident.
Potter’s eyes were blackened, but Kerr didn’t know how or where that happened.
He was taken to the Lincoln County jail. Police said he arrived in North Platte in a vehicle that was stolen from Milford. The vehicle was recovered and impounded.
Potter was initially charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. Kerr said numerous other charges are expected to be filed.
In county court Monday, he was charged with two felonies — theft of two items (cars) worth from $1,500-$5,000, as well as three misdemeanors — a theft of less than $500 and two counts of obstructing police.
Bond was set at $25,000. Officials added another charge will be added Tuesday — aiding and abetting a shoplifting at Shopko on Dec. 17. The bond for that charge was also set at $25,000, according to sheriff’s records.
Potter has several aliases, police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said.

Kerr said Potter stole cars to get someplace, dumped the vehicle, and then stole another to move on. As of Friday afternoon, the law had made no real progress in the search.

Potter claims to be from Cedar City, Utah, according to three Facebook profiles under three different names. He goes by Mike Potter, Kim Hatch, Mike Hatch, and most recently, Mike Wazowski, Kerr said.

On Monday, Jan. 7 at 11:11 a.m., a wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 2100 block of West Second in North Platte during the night. The wallet’s credit cards were used nearly a dozen times around North Platte.

Surveillance footage from those businesses pegged Potter, 30, as the suspect.

A car was stolen that night on the other side of town in the 800 block of East E St. It was a silver Mitsubishi Diamante with license plate 15BT89. It was reported missing at 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Kerr said about two hours later, the Mitsubishi was seen in the area of Ninth and Oak. The car abruptly pulled over before police could signal it to stop and the driver took off running. He led the police on a foot chase, but managed to circle back to the car and drive away.

Meanwhile, the officer found another man who had been in the car, 23-year-old Dennis Teall, Jr.

Teall was searched, and police found drug paraphernalia that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

The stolen Mitsubishi was later found behind a home in the 600 block of East 12th and returned to the owner.

On Wednesday at 8:22 a.m., a green Chevrolet S10 was reported stolen during the night in the area of 10th and Willow.

Shortly after midnight Wednesday, the Cozad police found the pickup and arrested the driver, Russell Brown, 22. Potter allegedly delivered the pickup to Cozad, and then stole a tan Buick LeSabre with license plate 18G565.

Police said Thursday that the Buick LeSabre was the only vehicle missing.

Residents are reminded to take the keys out of their vehicles and lock them.