Buffalo County suspect uses tractor as get-away vehicle

Farm resident shoots at suspect, still at large.
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 4:38 PM CDT
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NEAR GIBBON, Neb. (KSNB) - Buffalo County authorities are on the lookout for a man they believe stole a pickup, tried to steal fuel at a farm, and used a tractor as a get-away vehicle.

Buffalo County deputies started tracking the man around 8 p.m. Tuesday. They were called to check a suspicious pickup in the rural Gibbon area. A deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver shut off his lights and fled.

About a half-hour later the suspect drove onto a farmstead, apparently intending to steal fuel. The pickup hit a farm implement, got stuck and the driver was shot at several times by the farm resident. The suspect was not hit, but fled on foot.

Around 9:30 Tuesday night, a John Deere tractor was reported stolen from another farm and was found about 15 minutes later behind a car dealership along Highway 30 in Gibbon. A piece of chain link fence from the nearby Gibbon Waste Water treatment was found attached to the tractor.

A second pickup was stolen from the car dealership. The vehicle and the suspect were still at large as of Wednesday afternoon.

Kearney Police, Shelton Police, and the Nebraska State Patrol assisted. The Kearney Police K-9 and the Buffalo County Sheriff’s drone were used in the investigation.

The first pickup was reported stolen Saturday from Harrison County in the northern part of Missouri.

The suspect is described as a white adult male, average height and weight with a dark coat or hoodie. Anyone with information is asked to called the Buffalo County Sheriff 308-236-8555 or Buffalo County Crimestoppers at 308-237-3424.

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