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Alexander Fourtner

A young North Platte man was charged Monday with burglarizing a home in late January.

According to the police report, the case began at 8:41 a.m. Jan. 30, when an officer went to a home in the 2000 block of W. Third to check out a reported burglary. 

The victim said sometime during the previous night, an unknown person got into their unlocked car and unlocked home and stole several items while the victim was gone. 

The items reported missing included cash (less than $300), a lock box, beer, identification cards and a lap top computer.  

A family member of the victim began asking around and heard Alexander Fourtner, 20, was responsible. The victim and Fourtner exchanged messages on social media. Police spokesman John Deal said Fourtner admitted stealing the items during the exchange.

Some items were returned to the victim, but some remain still missing, including the cash, Deal said Monday.

At the time, Fourtner was out on a $7,500 bond for a previous theft charge -- stealing several items from vehicles around town. Police said they found several missing items in his home, along with a Christmas penguin from Cody Park that had been missing for nearly a month. Fourtner said he didn't steal it; that an acquaintance had brought it over.  

The three-foot-tall electro-mechanical penguin with flashing eyes was a fixture in the park's Christmas displays for many years until it was reported stolen Dec. 13. Fourtner served 13 days on the charge before he came up with the required 10% of $7,500 and was released.

On Monday, arrangements were made for Fourtner to come to the police station, Deal said. He was charged with burglary and taken to jail. This time, his bond for the burglary is set at $50,000.

Fourtner is also charged with violating the conditions of the previous release. He is held without bond on that charge, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s records.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/28/2017
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