Suspect in string of crimes around Lincoln arrested

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Police say they arrested a 33-year-old Lincoln man Wednesday in connection to a string of crimes over the past three weeks, including an incident last week where he slammed into an unmarked police cruiser.

It started the morning of July 27, when police took a report about a Chevrolet Silverado and 10-foot trailer containing several tools stolen near the airport. Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said police found it four days later, allegedly with Bryan Malone’s fingerprints on it.

Bryan Malone

Bryan Malone

Then, at about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, police went to a University Place home on North 50th Street on a 63-year-old man’s report that he chased off a man who had gotten into his garage where he keeps his Ford Mustang and jammed the door.

Bonkiewicz said video surveillance and fingerprints helped investigators identify the suspect as Malone.

Five days later, police spotted him and followed him to an alley near 16th and Rose streets. When investigators pulled behind his vehicle and tried to contact him in the driver’s seat, Malone put the vehicle in reverse and slammed into the unmarked police cruiser behind him, causing $5,300 damage, and sped away, Bonkiewicz said.

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At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, police found him while going out on a trespassing call at a Belmont home on North 11th Street. Three men there said a man was pounding on their door to be let inside. It was Malone. 

Police arrested him on suspicion of theft by receiving stolen property, attempted burglary, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, criminal mischief, willful reckless driving and driving under suspension.

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