The North Platte police, with the help of the Nebraska State Patrol, found and arrested a man who allegedly stole a box truck from Ideal Linen on Tuesday night and abandoned it on Rodeo Road.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, a state trooper saw the driving with defective lights on U.S. Highway 83 near the Rodeo Road intersection in North Platte, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said.

The trooper tried to pull the truck over but the driver did not stop. Instead, it jumped a curb and fled through a parking lot. Thomas said the truck sideswiped a building before coming to a stop near Rodeo Road and Sycamore. The driver ran off on foot and was not immediately found.

The trooper found items inside that belonged to the driver. On Wednesday morning, the business from which the truck was stolen told the North Platte police that a wallet was found where the truck had been parked.

Thomas said items in the wallet matched identifying items that were found in the truck but didn’t specify what the items were.

North Platte police spokesman Rory Little said officers found items belonging to Hebner inside of other trucks that he broke into.

The North Platte police found the suspect on Wednesday and took him into custody. He is Jeremiah Hebner, 32, of North Platte. He is charged with flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension, and theft of $5,000 or more in value.

Hebner was taken to the Lincoln County jail, where bail was set at $32,500.

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