Humboldt property owner allegedly witnesses theft in progress, gives chase

A rural Humboldt man allegedly witnessed a theft in progress last Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 16, gave chase, called authorities and provided play-by-play coverage  as he tailed the trio along county roads for some 25 miles throughout Richardson County.

The pursuit came to a peaceful end on Highway 73, two miles  south of Falls City near Breezy Hill Cafe, when authorities arrested the three suspects on foot along the highway. They had apparently tried to hide the vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Ram extended cab pickup, among a cluster of trees near 703 Road, just north of the Nebraska-Kansas state line. 

Jason Brownell, 24, the alleged driver of the truck, Everette Loper, 26, and David McPherson, 50, all of Falls City, were each arrested and cited for misdemeanor theft. Brownell was placed in Richardson County Jail on suspicion of driving an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle, as well as driving under suspension – third offense. He later posted bond and was released.

The unidentified property owner initially tried to use his vehicle to block the suspects in their truck, but they managed to get around him by driving through a grader ditch. He made the 911 call at about 1 p.m. and maintained contact with members of the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office as he followed the fleeing pickup, keeping authorities up to date on location and direction of travel. 

In addition to the RC Sheriff’s Office, Sac & Fox Tribe and Falls City Police Departments aided with the case, as did members of the Pawnee and Brown County (KS) Sheriff’s Departments.

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