Veterans Home robbery suspect bound over to District Court

Surveillance photo courtesy Scottsbluff Police Department

The 32 year old Morrill man charged with robbery in the theft of a wallet from a Western Nebraska Veterans Home resident will face trial after having the case bound over to District Court after a preliminary hearing Thursday in Scotts Bluff County Court.

Court documents accuse Curtis Soester of being the man who took the wallet attached to a chain from Veteran's Home resident David Bixler's pocket while he was outside smoking a cigarette.

Police say surveillance video showed the suspect arriving at the scene on a blue and white bicycle and court documents say an-off-duty officer observed a man riding a similar bicycle near the police department in the early evening hours. A search of the area located a blue and white bicycle matching the one observed in the surveillance video in the front yard of 1702 3rd Avenue in Scottsbluff.

Officers identified Soester, who said he was homeless but provided suspicious information about the bicycle and theft. Through interviews with other people who knew Soester officers gained information leading to his arrest.

While being transported to the jail, Soester provided the officer with the driver's license of the victim, which he had concealed prior to his arrest.

Judge Kris Mickey determined there was probable cause to bind the case over to District Court. Soester will be arraigned on April 18th at 1 p.m.

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