The Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 9:08 a.m. Sunday morning, April 28, from Melissa Zimmer of rural Crofton, reporting someone had just stolen her 1993 pickup, a white and black GMC Sierra regular-cab pickup with a topper, according to information released by Sheriff Don Henery on Monday.
Zimmer said her husband followed the vehicle and a dark colored GMC pickup with South Dakota plates that had been waiting at the end of their lane.
The vehicles were last seen traveling west on 896 Road, heading toward the Weigand road.
After an extensive search, Henery said a stolen dark colored 2018 GMC Sierra pickup belonging to Riverside Hydraulics of Yankton, S.D., was recovered by a Knox County deputy and a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officer, near the closed Highway 121 bridge, just west of Highway 81, in Cedar County. Also recovered was a Marlin 17 HMR rifle.
Using the stolen South Dakota vehicle’s On Star service, the Knox County officer back tracked the vehicle’s route, locating Zimmer’s 1993 GMC in Walker Valley.
The sheriff's office received a call Monday, April 22, from Paul Rosberg of rural Wausa, reporting the theft of a 1986 or 1987 Ford pickup.
The tan and white pickup had been was parked about one-half mile north of the junction of Highway 59 and 542 Avenue, on the east side. Rosberg said the pickup had not been registered for a couple of years because it was not used. He said he noticed it missing about one month ago, but his son had noticed it missing two months ago.
Rosberg stated a green Ace hydraulic pump, belonging to Joseph Rosberg, had been in the box of the vehicle and is also missing. The pump had two hoses attached with pioneer ends and would fit any 88 series tractor. The pickup is valued at about $350 and the pump, $680, new.
Officers recovered two stolen pickups in the Crofton area Saturday, April 20.
Both vehicles were reported stolen from rural Crofton.
A 2016 Chevy pickup owned by Blake Bartels of Crofton was found three miles north of Crofton near 893 Road. The pickup had been driven off an embankment and was extensively damaged. It had been stolen from rural Cedar County.
A 2009 Chevy pickup stolen from the rural Crofton residence of Daryl Guenther was found parked on the street near St. Rose Preschool in Crofton after it had been driven across church grounds.
The incidents are being investigated by the Knox and Cedar county sheriff’s departments, Yankton County Sheriff’s Department, Yankton Police Department and NGPC,.