Three male offenders who walked away from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp in McCook Dec. 31 were captured two days later in Hastings.
The offenders were identified as Cory Erickson, 18, Bryce Elliott, 19, and Robert Jones, 26.
The offenders were found missing from the facility north of McCook at about 8:53 p.m. on New Years Eve.
The Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement were notified at that time.
According to Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon, a pickup allegedly stolen by the offenders and owned by Art Koetter, who lives north McCook, was found Saturday morning stuck in a nearby canyon. In a hog confinement facility on U.S. Highway 83, items from the Work Ethic Camp were found and coats were stolen.
Mahon said he was notified late Saturday that offenders were apprehended in Hastings.
Erickson was sentenced from Buffalo County in Kearney for theft by unlawful taking, a Class III-A felony. Elliott was sentenced from Adams County, Hastings, for possession/use of a financial control device, a Class IV felony. Jones was sentenced from Jefferson County, Fairbury, for the the Class IV felony charge of receiving stolen property.