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County Sheriff makes arrests

Drugs, firearms, stolen vehicles involved.

The Thayer County Sheriff’s office reported Tuesday afternoon that they arrested a 14-year old juvenile for stealing firearms from a Byron residence. The juvenile is alleged to have stolen four fire arms from a residence in Byron on Jan. 11.

The weapons were traced to a pawn shop in Concordia, Kan., and have been recovered. The juvenile is being held at the Youth Detention Center in Lincoln. He is also being charged with the attempted theft of a 4-wheel ATV from Byron on Jan. 15.

Included in the news release, the Sheriff also reports a separate case involving a school student and drugs in a locker. On Jan. 17, the Thayer County Sheriff’s K-9 unit conducted a random search of the Deshler Public Schools in Deshler. The K-9 gave a positive indication for drugs in a school locker and after searching the locker, an item was recovered and  sent to the state lab for testing. “This incident is still under investigation,” the Sheriff said in the news release and added that a student was cited for possession of marijuana while on the school grounds approximately one week ago.

And finally, on Jan. 22, the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office recovered a vehicle in Hebron which had been stolen from Polk County. The suspect in that theft is alleged to have stolen a vehicle from the area of Seventh St., and Lincoln Ave., in Hebron, as well, the sheriff said.

Adam M. Bortle, 24, of Neligh, was arrested in Salina, Kan., on Tuesday and is being held in Salina for local charges of possessing stolen property. The suspect is believed to have stolen vehicles in Platte and Polk counties.

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