On September 13, 2018, Deputies were advised of a suspicious male around a residence in Sutherland, NE. The male subject reportedly took a gas can out of a storage shed at a residence. The homeowner confronted the subject and he gave the can back. After the suspect left the homeowner contacted the Sheriff’s Office and gave a very detailed description of the suspect and vehicle.
A Deputy observed the vehicle near the interstate in Hershey and stopped it. The Deputy made contact with the lone male occupant and he was identified as forty-eight year old Ogallala resident Brent McEntee. The Deputy saw an abundance of tools in the vehicle and became suspicious of Mr. McEntee while speaking with him. A request to search the vehicle was denied by Mr. McEntee.
The Deputy contacted the Sutherland homeowner and asked him to check his shed to see if anything else was missing. The owner checked and found a wire feed welder was missing and described it. The Deputy had previously observed the welder in the vehicle.
Mr. McEntee was arrested for Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property over $1500.00. An inventory search of the vehicle revealed a suspected stolen Plasma Cutter from a previous burglary in the vehicle. Case continues to be investigated and additional charges are likely.