Lincoln PD man found with stolen vehicles and tools

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Lincoln police used a taser on a man they say was found with nearly $30,000 worth of stolen vehicles and tools.

The first was on July 19, according to LPD, when they responded to the Wellington Greens Home Owners Association near 70th and South streets.

LPD said an employee arrived at work and explained that they found one of the store doors open and a red Chevy Silverado, along with some landscaping tools, were missing. Investigators said it was a loss of $16,800.

Weeks later, on Sunday, July 31, the LPD said officers responded to a burglary around 7 a.m. at the Indian Hills Community Church, just north of 84th and A streets.

Police say a white 2010 Ford pickup truck and tools were stolen. Investigators said the loss was $12,465.

LPD said later Sunday that an officer saw the two stolen vehicles around 6:15 p.m. in a parking lot near 84th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Officers said they saw someone working on the truck, identified as 47-year-old Mitchell Wachter.

When officers went to contact Wachter, LPD said he ran into a field and during the arrest an officer deployed his taser.

Both stolen vehicles were recovered and numerous stolen tools were also recovered.

LPD said a bag containing a loaded 9mm handgun was found inside the van.

Wachter faces burglary and robbery while harboring stolen property, among other charges.

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