A pickup that was stolen from the Maxwell area was found Wednesday in Greeley, Colo., after a 19-year-old driver apparently wrecked it.
The pickup was stolen Sunday. The suspect, Nathaniel Hart Abernathy-Blackwell, is in jail in Greeley.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have wanted Abernathy-Blackwell since Saturday, when he was linked with a stolen car that was found at the Maxwell interstate lake.
The case began around 9:50 a.m. Saturday when deputies went to the Ranchland Convenience Store at the Maxwell I-80 interchange.
According to a sheriff’s statement, an intoxicated female transient, Melinda L. Feiler, 58, was at the store. She told deputies that her transient boyfriend, Jimmy S. Little, 54, took off in their car and left her at the lake after the they had an argument.
Feiler told deputies that Nathaniel Hart Abernathy-Blackwell, 19, was traveling with them.
A deputy checked the lake and found the car parked there. As he pulled up, he saw Abernathy-Blackwell run into the high weeds and trees nearby. Little was there, but he was intoxicated and not very cooperative, according to the report.
A check of the registration showed the car, a Maroon 2002 Mercury 4-door sedan, was registered in Blackwell, Okla. and reported stolen. Deputies charged Little and Feiler with possession of stolen property and took them to jail.
Deputies searched extensively for Abernathy-Blackwell, with help from the Nebraska State Patrol, as well as off-duty deputies and a sheriff’s office search dog. They searched the weedy and wooded area all around the lake, the sheriff said.
They did not find him.
The next morning, Sunday, a resident in that general area reported that a white 2011 Chevrolet pickup was stolen. The pickup was unlocked and the keys were in it, and it contained three firearms, the sheriff’s office said.
The pickup was not found until Wednesday, when Abernathy-Blackwell wrecked it near Greeley, Colo. The Colorado State Patrol recovered three firearms inside. The pickup, however, was a total loss.
Abernathy- Blackwell was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, along with other local charges. He will be returned to Nebraska when his case is complete in Colorado, the sheriff’s office said.