Paradise Car Wash burglary suspect sentenced

20 year old Zachary Ensrud of Gering was sentenced to three years probation and will screen as a participant in Scotts Bluff County's Drug Court Program for his part in the July 21st burglary last year of the Paradise Car Wash. Ensrud had previously entered guilty pleas to charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

Deputy Public Defender David McDonald told the court Ensrud turned himself in to authorities after seeing himself on a business surveillance video released to the media. McDonald said Ensrud was intoxicated when he committed the crime with a former friend, who he has yet to identify in his confession to Police.

Judge Leo Dobrovolny said Ensrud did not have a significant prior record. But he also emphasized there was no excuse or justification for what he did and he needed to realize the impact property crimes have on the owners and the community. He said Ensrud appeared to have a significant substance abuse problem

The court document says the two men entered the building through a hatch on the roof, and damaged a couple doors, but only got away with an estimated $30 in coins before they left.

The other suspect is still on the loose and Police encourage the public to call the Scottsbluff Police Department at (308) 632-7176 or call Scotts Bluff County Crimestoppers at (308) 632-STOP (7867) with any information that could lead to an arrest.

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