Police arrest bike thief following months-long investigation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — After a months-long investigation, Lincoln Police arrest one man on several theft charges.

The most recent report to Lincoln Police came in on Aug. 13, around 8:30 p.m. Officer arrived at the 4100 block of Pioneer Woods Drive and contacted a 38-year-old male victim who saw a man riding away on his employee’s bicycle, which had been chained up.

The victim confronted the man, later identified as 44-year-old Vincent Scotch, telling him to drop the bike. Scotch threw the bike down and brandished a pocket knife, threatening the victim. Wielding the knife, Scotch then ran away and got into a nearby vehicle, but the victim was able to take down the license plate.

This piece of information helped investigators to develop Scotch as the suspect.

The bike in this case is valued at $750.

Prior to this, a 16-year-old had reported his bicycle being stolen from a Dairy Queen, 2633 Whitehead Dr., despite also being chained up. This bike was valued at $150.

Lincoln Police were able to gather security video from this incident, which showed Scotch and a female stealing the bike and lifting it into a truck.

Officers later learned that Scotch had an active felony warrant for theft of a bicycle on June 23. In this case, the 27-year-old victim reported that his bike, valued at $5,000, was taken from the bike rack on top of his green Subaru parked near the 100 block of N 9th Street. The bike had been secured with a lock that was found to be cut.

Scotch was arrested Tuesday morning for his felony theft warrant, along with several other charges.

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