On June 29, 2016 at approximately 1215 hours, the Fairbury Police Department was contacted by M&D Towing in Fairbury, Nebraska in regards to a male subject that test drove a tow truck that was for sale and has not returned. A physical description of the subject was given to law enforcement and it was broadcasted among law enforcement to watch for the tow truck and subject. Information obtained was that the suspect was dropped off by another unknown person who was driving a black explorer with Iowa plates.
At approximately 1420 hours, the vehicle was entered as stolen. A Facebook post was put out informing the public of the stolen vehicle. Hours later, multiple reports were coming in about possible sightings of the tow truck eastbound on I-80. After the broadcast was put out, a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office contacted the police department and gave them information on a subject that had court about the same time as the theft and the description of the subject in court matched the suspect description.
Officers were able to positively identify the suspect as the same subject who had court through video surveillance. The subject was identified as 30 year old Austin L. Oreskovich of Omaha.
At approximately 0053 hours, a citizen of Fairbury was staying at the American Inn in Council Bluffs, Iowa and observed the stolen tow truck and the Council Bluffs Police Department responded to the hotel and seized the stolen tow truck and took Oreskovich into custody without incident.
Oreskovich is currently housed in the Pottawattamie County Jail on their local charges and has a $10,000 bond. The Fairbury Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for Oreskovich for Theft by Deception, which is a class 2A Felony. Oreskovich is currently going through court on motor vehicle theft charges that stemmed from an incident on Jan 5, 2016.
The incident is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.