The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department apprehended a suspected car thief June 1 after an off-duty police officer noticed the stolen vehicle in Fairbury. The car, a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, had been stolen the night before by Gary Aldrich, II, 26, of Wichita, from the Subway parking lot in Hebron.
On May 31, the Thayer County LEC received a report of a vehicle being stolen from the restaurant parking lot at approximately 11:50 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded and after meeting with the victim, discovered a stolen 2001 Oldsmobile Alero parked in the parking lot. It was later determined that Aldrich had abandoned the Alero and taken the Grand Prix.
Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorenson said Aldrich was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Thayer County Sheriff David Lee said Aldrich will most likely face additional charges here and in Kansas.