Lincoln man arrested in crime spree that spanned 2 states

Posted By:  Jenn Schanz

It all started Thursday…

Authorities say 31–year–old Michael Beard stole a Dodge Neon near 49th and Huntington.

From there, they say he drove to Ceresco and crashed the car into a garage, starting both on fire. He's then accused of running to a nearby home and burglarizing it.

Officials say that's also where he stole car number two, a white pickup.

From there, they say beard moved to Saunders county and stole a Tacoma truck.

Soon after, officials say he burglarized a second home and nabbed a Dodge Van, belonging to an electrical company.

The van was found empty near 61st and McKinley in Omaha Friday morning.

Beard was then spotted in the DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge, near Blair.

“Federal game and parks officers saw him, were going to make contact with him, and he took off before they could. They recovered some items where his vehicle had been parked that had been stolen in a previous burglary,” says Sheriff Terry Wagner of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

From Blair, Beard went to Iowa, where authorities say he tried to steal another car, but was confronted by the owner, and some other people causing him to hide in a cornfield.

“Numerous citizens boxed him in, I'm assuming with their vehicles. So he took off on foot and then went into that cornfield where he was eventually apprehended,” says Wagner.

Wagner says getting Beard behind bars was a team effort between several different agencies, and watchful citizens.

“The citizens involvement here was crucial in stopping Beard from stealing more vehicles number one, and number two helping apprehend him.”

Wagner says he's still unsure of what caused this crime bender.

Beard will eventually be brought back to Nebraska, but for now remains in Iowa.