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Lincoln man fled stolen van, ran into 77-year-old stranger's home, police say
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Lincoln man fled stolen van, ran into 77-year-old stranger's home, police say

From the What you missed this week in notable Southeast Nebraska crimes and court cases series

Police say they arrested a 48-year-old Lincoln man after he tried to flee a stolen van and went into a stranger's home. 

Officer Erin Spilker said it started at about 11 a.m. Monday when an officer saw a black Chrysler van driving on 10th Street near Park Avenue with expired plates.

Daniel Medley

Daniel Medley

She said while the officer followed and checked the registration, the driver turned left and into a driveway on Rose Street, then exited the van and took off running. The officer learned the van had been reported stolen in September. 

Spilker said officers spotted the driver, Daniel Medley, go into a home in the 900 block of Plum Street and come back out after being confronted by the 77-year-old man who lives there. Police arrested Medley on suspicion of theft by receiving stolen property and criminal trespassing, unauthorized use and no valid registration. 

She said police found several catalytic converters and power tools in the van and are looking into where they came from and whether Medley had them legally. 

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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