Transient Arrested on Multiple Felonies

On March 18, 2020 a citizen reported a Burglary of a workshop on North Front Road (just north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks). Deputies investigated and found a transient male walked into the shop and went through many items, eventually taking a meat and cheese tray from a refrigerator inside the shop. The owner of the building has security cameras inside the building. Deputies were provided digital footage of the event and noted numerous distinct characteristics about the male’s person.

On March 26, 2020 during the afternoon hour’s employees from the Union Pacific Railroad called to report a vehicle was stolen from inside Bailey Yard. Soon after this they advised the vehicle was high centered on railroad tracks. The male subject that stole the vehicle fled and was running north and west from the scene. Investigation on scene showed the male subject got into the truck and drove it across nine sets of railroad tracks before becoming stuck. This caused considerable damage to the 2008 Ram Mega Cab truck.

Numerous Deputies and Union Pacific Police Officers searched the area for the better part of the afternoon for the subject. Later in the evening Union Pacific employee’s spotted the male subject near a pond on North Homestead Road (just north of the railroad yard). Deputies responded and located the male subject hiding in some tall reeds.

The male subject was identified as thirty year old James Wagner a transient. Mr. Wagner was identified as the person who stole the vehicle earlier in the day. Also Mr. Wagner exactly matched the video footage from the previous shop break in. Mr. Wagner was arrested and incarcerated in the Lincoln County Detention Center for: Burglary, Felony Theft, Felony Criminal Mischief, Misdemeanor Theft and Trespassing.

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