By: Kayla Bremer
Two victims hospitalized after their car was slammed into by burglars on the run have been released.
The Sheriff's Office says two women suffered non–life threatening injuries when their car was rammed into near 70th and Adams Monday afternoon as two burglars tried fleeing authorities.
Sheriff Terry Wagner says 28–year–olds James Williams Jr. and Milton Kelly were eventually caught. Authorities believe during their get–away attempt they may have ditched stolen items while fleeing.
"We're asking people who live in the Adams and Shirley Ct. area to check their out buildings, to check their backyards, check around their houses to see if there's any property that might have been left there or if there's anything missing from around their houses," Sheriff Wagner said.
The Sheriff's Office believes the two stole about $46,000 worth of belongings from at least four homes and could be involved in a total of nine home burglaries.
They both face burglary and fleeing to avoid arrest charges. Kelly was also ticketed for leaving the scene of an injury accident and willful reckless driving.
Posted By: Bill Schammert
After a lengthy investigation and one high speed chase, two men suspected of burglarizing almost a dozen homes in Lancaster county are now behind bars.
Authorities say it started when they were caught red handed trying to steal from a home near 98th and Holdrege just before noon on Monday. The Lancaster County Sheriff's office was already watching the men when the suspects took off.
With speeds reaching more than 70 miles-per-hour, deputies called off the chase near 70th and Adams, the suspects did not. Driving a Jeep, the two men slammed into a car at the intersection.
"It sounded like they were just coming off of a light," Lincoln Fire and Rescue Capt. Robert Borer said. "[The second car] was going slow and got hit pretty hard."
The two women in that car were taken to the hospital, but LFR says they were not seriously injured.
The Jeep veered off the road and slammed into a fence about two blocks west. The two men tried to flee, but one was immediately arrested.
Ed Kuebler lives nearby and says it was frightening.
"I noticed some footsteps in my backyard, coming up toward the patio door," he said. "Kind of scary."
With the help of air and K-9 units, the second suspect was found in a nearby culvert.
James Williams Jr., 28, and Milton Kelly, 28, both of Lincoln, have been arrested on burglary and fleeing to avoid arrest charges.
The two both have a lengthy criminal history with Lincoln police, ranging from burglary, to assault, to drug charges.
Lancaster Co. Sheriff Terry Wagner says the two men could be responsible for eight or nine burglaries dating back to December, 2013.
He says they all have similar characteristics.
"They knock on the door, if someone answers, they make up a question that would explain why they're there and leave," the sheriff said. "If not, they kick down the door. That's exactly what we've seen in the past."
Now, hopefully a little peace of mind for those living outside city limits.
"It's simple for us to say lock the doors, but they're already doing that. To stop it by catching the bad guys, it's very rewarding," Sheriff Wagner said.
Sheriff Wagner estimates total losses for all of the break-ins is around $46,000.
As authorities try to recover the stolen property, they're still investigating whether there are more people involved.