While checking his fields north of Jansen on Wednesday, a farmer discovered a damaged vehicle—a vehicle that was reported stolen in Lincoln.
Wednesday evening, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office worked to recover the vehicle from the field. Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen believes the theft is related to a previous case involving three stolen vehicles.
“The vehicle that they recovered was stolen out of Lincoln,” said Sorensen. “I would assume that this happened about the time that we had a bunch of stolen vehicles north of town a couple weeks ago. A farmer observed it when he went back in to do some field work. The vehicle wasn’t visible from the road. We’re continuing the investigation, but I would say it has something to do with the other stolen vehicles.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the case as recovery of stolen property. Sorensen stated that the theft will be investigated by law enforcement in Lincoln.
Sorensen explained that it can be difficult to locate stolen vehicles, which is why he encourages people who see anything suspicious to report it to law enforcement. He explained that all of the vehicles that were stolen in the previous case have been recovered and that there have been developments in that case. Sorensen encourages people to be safe and to secure their property to prevent more thefts.
“We recovered the last one here in Fairbury,” Sorensen said. “We’ve developed some suspects and the affidavits for arrest warrants are with the County Attorney. Lock up your vehicles and pull the keys out of stuff. They will steal stuff with keys in it. Even if you think it won’t happen to you, it can. They’ll take it and trash it, and they’ll do what they do. These people are up to no good.”