Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Ryan W. Horan
A homeless man was charged shortly after midnight Sunday with driving a stolen car in North Platte, carrying a stolen bicycle on top of the car.According to the Lincoln County sheriff’s office, at 12:10 a.m., a deputy saw a car speeding on Newberry Road, just east of North Platte.
The deputy stopped the car and found the driver was Ryan Horan, 31. Horan is homeless, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy checked Horan’s record and found he was wanted in Lincoln County for violating probation, after a conviction in February for driving under the influence. Horan was sentenced then to 18 months of probation. His driver’s license was also revoked for the duration.
In the process of arresting Horan on Newberry, the deputy also found he had a large fixed-blade knife, although he is prohibited from carrying a deadly weapon.
The car was a 1997 Dodge Aries with out-of-county license plates. After some checking, officers determined the car was stolen in Lincoln, although at the time, the owner in Lincoln did not know it was missing. A bicycle was strapped to the top of the Aries.
The bicycle was recently reported stolen by the Lincoln Police Department.
A search of the vehicle also turned up several tools commonly used in thefts, the sheriff’s office said.
Horan was taken to jail, charged with possession of a concealed weapon by a prohibited person, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property as well as the probation violation.
In March, Horan was accused of stealing items along N. Eshelman Road, which parallels U.S. Highway 83 north of the city.
In one report, Horan reportedly stole a propane tank from a camper and put it on a neighboring camper, where Horan was living without permission. He was also accused of stealing an air compressor from Ag. Valley Coop in North Platte during the same time frame, according to a sheriff's report.
He served 90 days in jail for those thefts, according to sheriff's records.