Third man charged in connection with local burglary
McCOOK, Neb. -- A third man has been charged in connection with the 2012 burglary of D&S Hardware, a crime which included thieves taking a 2500 lb. safe before sending a forklift crashing into a fuel can locker. The forklift was discovered running the following morning, amidst the scattered fuel cans and atop a sizable fuel spill, leaving management grateful a fire didn't break out.
The most recently accused, 37-year-old Stacy A. Talbot, pleaded not guilty to a Class III felony burglary offense last week in Red Willow County District Court.
The case was subsequently scheduled for a status hearing at 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2014.
Talbot is accused of aiding two other men, 30-year-old Cody L. Jolliffe and 26-year-old Jesse L. Morrison, who were each convicted of Class 3 felony burglary and sentenced to state prison time earlier this year.
Jolliffe was sentenced to 5-7 years for his role and Morrison received 18-36 months.
The burglary occurred during the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2012. Multiple doors were damaged during the break-in and representatives at D&S Hardware said they were relieved a fire didn't result and add to the already extensive repair bill the burglary had created.
The safe was later recovered outside of city limits, north of McCook on West Third Street.
[Edited to correct status hearing date to Aug. 27, 2014.]