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UPDATE: Police arrest man posing as maintenance man

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Lincoln Police have arrested a man they believe was posing as a service man to steal from homes.

Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs says sometime late Saturday night, police arrested 23-year-old David Hanks at the Quality Inn near West Adams and NW 12th. Officials lodged Hanks for possession of a controlled substance, but recovered jewelry and cash that they believe could be connected to the burglaries.

Police say Hanks is from Pleasant Hill, Calif.

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Lincoln Police are looking for a thief who posed as a maintenance man so he could steal from homes.

Saturday morning was anything but normal for Carol Ross. Around 7:30, she answered the door to her room at a retirement center to an unfamiliar face.

"It was so strange and it happened so fast," Ross said. "I was half asleep."

Ross said the man told her he was a maintenance worker at the retirement center and needed to check on a few things. She said she was confused at first, but the man quickly let himself into her room.

"His request was so odd, like checking the water pressure and asbestos," Ross said. "We haven't had asbestos in years!"

Ross said the man rummaged through her closet and drawers and searched under her bed. Shortly after he left, she discovered some jewelry and medication were gone.

Around that same time, Bruce Schwarz, another resident, said he was coming from the kitchen when he saw the man in the hallway.

"I asked, 'Yes, man, can I help you? What do you need?''' Schwarz said. "And he turned around, looked at me and then took off in the other direction out the door."

Police said the thief is still on the loose.

Authorities said three complexes were targeted: one near 25th and Q, another close by near 25th and N, and the last near 27th and Superior. They believe all incidents are related.

Police said one couple had nearly $1,400 and a wedding ring stolen.

"We just caution everyone to make sure that they are checking with their apartment manager, making sure that people that are coming to their door are actually there for a specific purpose and aren't conducting some sort of scam," Cpt. Don Scheinost of the Lincoln Police Dept. said.

The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, with a slim build and clean shaven face. Police said he was last seen wearing a dark green jacket over a plaid shirt and tan pants.

Authorities said they recovered some jewelry at a burger king near 25th and O Streets.

If you have any information, call police.

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