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Levi J. Unruh

It was a difficult Saturday for a North Platte woman took a tumble down the stairs and ended up in the emergency room without any identification.

Police spokesman Rodney Brown said police went to the Elm’s Lodge Apartments, 1211 E. 4th, around 6:40 a.m. Saturday to check out a disturbance complaint.

A 21-year-old woman told police that she and Levi Unruh, 20, of Wallace, argued and he pushed her down the stairs. 

The woman was taken to the emergency room at Great Plains Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

But further investigation revealed that the woman was not pushed after all. She either jumped or fell as a result of her own actions, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.   

However, some of the woman’s personal items were lost or stolen, including her cell phone, a wallet with her identification, a bank debit card and her social security card.   

Later, around 1:45 p.m., police returned to Elm’s Lodge on a report that some of the lost items were found. Residents of an apartment in the lodge turned over the woman’s LG cell phone and SSI card, but they did not provide her bank card, Brown said. 

Investigators also discovered that unknown persons gained access to the woman’s SSI PIN number and illegally withdrew $300 from her account. 

Police believe Anthony McGilvray Jr., 26 and Maria Burke, 33, who were present after the victim fell, retrieved the phone and wallet from the scene. McGilvray told Unruh and Nathan Beebe, 25, about having access to the PIN number and using the SSI card to withdraw cash from a nearby ATM. 

Reportedly, Unruh was given the card and transportation to steal the money, which he did. He shared the money with the others, Brown said. 

After the investigation, officers charged Beebe with theft by deception and took him to jail.

Burke was charged with tampering with physical evidence. She was also cited for aiding and abetting the theft-by-deception. She was processed and released at the jail. 

McGilvray and Unruh were both jailed, charged with theft by deception, Brown said.

Theft by deception is a felony. Bonds are set at $10,000 for each of the men, according to sheriff’s records.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/1/2014
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