Two enter pleas in burglary cases

A second person involved in the burglary of the Island and Huff Law Firm in Gering and entering Gering Junior High has entered a plea of attempted burglary. Derek Smith was convicted Thursday in a plea agreement with prosecutors. 18 year old Aaron Ott entered a similar plea in September.

According to court documents, Smith was arrested after Gering Police were told by a City Parks Department employee working with Smith that he had talked about entering the two buildings and trading a firearm in the Island and Huff law office for marijuana.

An arrest affidavit indicated Smith, Ott and another man had talked about breaking into Gering Junior High with a couple friends to smoke marijuana. The custodian at the school later told Police it appeared entry was made on the east side of the building.

Both defendants could get up to five years in prison when sentenced.

In a different case, a Gering man who was observed by police officers breaking into a Scottsbluff home enetred a plea to attempted burglary Thursday afternoon.

Police Captain Brian Wasson says 20 year old Rudy Cabrera of Gering along with Jordan Deaver of Scottsbluff were observed burglarizing the home shortly after they had been removed from the same house for creating a disturbance. Police observed the two take items from the house and they fled. They were arrested soon after and electronic devices removed from the home were recovered.

Deaver's burglary case is still pending. Cabrera could get five years in prison when sentenced.

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