Scheinost: Marked Police presence needed in Whiteclay after Monday vandalism

A Scottsbluff beer distributor says a marked police presence in Whiteclay is needed after his beer truck was vandalized this week by protestors during deliveries. The incident involving a High Plains Budweiser truck Monday is the second in the past two weeks. A Dietrich Distributing truck was vandalized and the driver was threatened at knifepoint in the first situation.

High Plains Budweiser owner Jeff Scheinost says at least six people were involved in Monday's vandalism while his four employees, three inside and one outside, were making a delivery to the Stateline Liquor Store.

Scheinost says the six jumped out of a car and used sledgehammers and knives to bust out headlights, the windshield, both windows on the drivers side and puncture a tire, all within two minutes. The estimated damage is $8,000.

Scheinost said the six quickly got back in the vehicle and were across the Nebraska-South Dakota border a couple hundred yards away before auxiliary deputies from the Sheridan County Sheriff's office on the other side of town could respond.

Scheinost says he's been told the vandals are young out of state American Indian Movement members who are becoming more aggressive. Scheinost says if he can't protect his employees when delivering in Whiteclay, other arrangements other than local delivery may have to be made to get the beer to the stores.

The activists are allegedly protesting the town's alcohol stores near the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, where there is a huge alcohol and drug problem despite the fact both are banned on the reservation.

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