A North Platte man was arrested early on the morning of Saturday, July 28, after he got lost on a stolen utility terrain vehicle on rural roads in the southeast corner of Lincoln County.
Alexander Fourtner, 21, was recently released from probation for stealing items out of cars parked in North Platte in January 2017.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office got a call around 6:30 a.m. July 28 that someone found Fourtner on E. Grunden Rd., about 15 miles north of Curtis.
Fortner appeared to be lost on the UTV and appeared to be drunk or high on drugs.
Fourtner reportedly told the resident who found him that the UTV he was driving was stolen, but he did not know exactly where it belonged.
The resident managed to take Fourtner to the nearest sheriff’s office in Frontier County. Frontier County deputies checked for warrants, and found Fourtner was wanted in Lincoln County for drug possession
Lincoln County deputies recovered the UTV — a 2009 Yamaha Rhino valued at $5,370 – found the rightful owner and returned the UTV to him, according to a sheriff’s statement.
Fourtner was charged with theft – second offense, as well as the previous charge of drug possession, and taken to the Lincoln County jail. Bond was initially set at a total of $35,000 for the two charges.
In January 2017, police found the majority of items that Fourtner stole in his apartment, as well as a penguin that went missing Dec. 13, 2016 from a Cody Park Christmas display. The three-foot-tall electro-mechanical penguin with flashing eyes was a fixture in the Cody Park Christmas displays for many years.
Fourtner said a friend brought the mechanical penguin to his apartment.