Six behind bars after double burglary

Posted By: Jenn Schanz

Two house break–ins in just two days.

Police say both crimes resulted in stolen guns and ammunition.

The first happened Tuesday near 16th street and Hilltop ave. just north of Superior.

Neighbors say the area is safe, and that crime is rare.

“I was surprised, first of all, that something like that would happen within our neighborhood,” says Jack Gilsdorf, who lives in the Hilltop area.

Police say the burglars got away with multiple weapons including rifles, handguns, shotguns, and a bayonet.

48 hours later, police say the suspects were at it again. This time near 4th and Nance streets, just off of  Cornhusker Highway.

After stealing more guns and some electronics, a concerned neighbor saw them trying to get away.

“A citizen had called in because she saw several juveniles carrying long guns and duffle bags down the street. Naturally, she thought this was suspicious and called police,” says Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department.

Police say it was in the area around 4th and Nance where that they found evidence that linked the suspects to Tuesday's burglary.

After some investigation, police served two search warrants, one of them just houses away from the first burglary. The other in Cheney, where one of the suspects lives.

In all, six, including one minor, were arrested.

Police say the stolen guns and ammunition were mostly all recovered.

“There's always a concern that they're going to fall into the wrong hands and be used for other crimes. So today, we all breathe a sigh of relief,” Flood says.

Arrests and charges:

      -Nathaniel Markovic (18)
       Burglary (one count, he was not involved in Tuesday's burglary)

      -Preston Payne (21)
       Two counts of Burglary

      -Colby Kelly (22)
        Two counts of Burglary
        Seven counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm
        Felon in Possession of a Firearm

      -Taylor Aipperspach (22)
        Accessory to a Felony
       Six counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm

      -Tyler Thornburg (22)
       Possession of a Short Shotgun
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
       Possession of a Stolen Firearm