Nebraska Cop Arrested for Stealing a Police Car

The 40-year-old officer was reportedly still in uniform and armed at the time of his arrest

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It’s not uncommon for police to be involved in a car chase, but it is out of the ordinary for the person being chased to be a police officer.

On Saturday, police in North Platte, Neb., arrested Stanly Colby, 40, an officer who works in nearby Fairbury, the North Platte Bulletin reported. At about 6:40 p.m. Fairbury police chief Chad Sprunk notified sheriffs in Lincoln County that a stolen cruiser from Fairbury was being driven by Colby, who was reportedly distraught, armed and still in uniform. When he was spotted on I-80, deputy sheriffs and state police gave chase, even going as far as laying down spike strips to stop him, which Colby avoided.

Colby was eventually stopped and taken into custody without incident, officials say. It is still unknown why Colby allegedly stole the cruiser. He was booked and charged with possession of stolen property with a $50,000 bond set.

The incident is the second high-profile crime reported in the past week, involving stealing from one’s own job. Last week, a manager at a California McDonald’s was arrested for robbing two stores, one of which he managed.

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There was no chase.  He pulled over as soon as he saw the red lights behind him.  The spike strips were also not avoided, as they were deployed behind his vehicle.  He never had the intent to steal anything from anyone.  He was, at the time, transporting evidence of what he believed were past crimes by other officers.  He was not attempting to steal or harm as the outcome clearly showed.  He had shared his intent to transport evidence with both his Chief of Police and with the Chief of Police in the jurisdiction where he believed the crimes to have occurred.  Whatever his emotional state, this was a good officer attempting to serve the public trust even as he was holding on by his fingertips.


There was no chase.  He pulled over when he saw the red lights behind him.  He also did not avoid spike strips.  They were deployed behind him.  He never had any intent to steal anything from anyone.  The only intent he had was to get some help which was decidedly scarce.  He would never have harmed anybody as was illustrated at the time of his arrest.  This was a tragic case of an officer not receiving backup before things reached a point where he didn't know what to do anymore.  He was actually transporting evidence of past crimes by other officers at the time of his arrest.  However distraught he may have been, his only intent was to serve the public trust.  Nobody was harmed and that speaks volumes towards any intent he may have had.