LPD: Man shoplifts thousands-of-dollars in merchandise

Pictured above: 53-year-old Andrew Adams arrested on multiple shoplifting charges. Photo provided by Lincoln Police.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A shoplifting call leads Lincoln Police to arrest a man connected to a string of crimes spanning more than a year.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 police were called to Costco, 1620 Pine Lake Rd around 1:30 pm. Loss Prevention employees said a man and a woman stole a cart full of electronics, clothing, and other personal items.

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According to Costco employees, the man pushed the cart out of the store without paying while the woman pretended to look for a receipt as if they had paid. The total loss is estimated at $3,000.

Thursday, Dec. 17 officers were called back to the same Costco around 4 pm on another shoplifting report. An employee said the same man was in the store with a different woman.

The man was running away as Costco staff chased after him when police arrived. Despite officers pulling up next to him, the man got in his car and sped out of the parking lot. Costco employees said the man was able to leave the stole with $2,600 in merchandise, but abandoned the cart when they chased after him.

Using surveillance footage, the Lincoln Police Department was able to identify the man as 53-year-old Andrew Adams.Reported Timeline

Adams had an active warrant for his arrest on top of being wanted locally for fleeing arrest in January of 2020 and for shoplifting $2,000 worth of times from Best Buy in October.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 officers attempted to take Adams into custody near 1st and “A” Streets, but he quickly sped away when he spotted police.

Finally, on Tuesday, Mar. 30 Adams was arrested at his home. He faces three counts of felony shoplifting in addition to his active warrants.

This shoplifting investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information, call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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