At around 05:00 on December 18th Officers from the NPPD responded to the Wal-Mart parking lot on the report of juveniles in a suspicious vehicle.
Responding Officers made contact with two juveniles exiting the store, one of which was wanted as a female runaway from Sioux City, IA. Officers then made contact with three other juveniles and Cody R. Stone, 19, also from Sioux City. (5 total juveniles) Two of which, a male and female, were also reported as runaways from Sioux City.
The two female juvenile runaways had escaped a juvenile holding facility in Sioux City. The Dodge Caravan the group had been traveling in was discovered to have been reported stolen sometime earlier by the Sioux City Police Department.
Two of the male juveniles had accompanied and additional 18 YOM, who was no longer traveling with the group during the theft. The residence from which the van was stolen was damaged during the theft, when the 18 YO driver placed the vehicle in DRIVE instead of REVERSE, striking the home.
Following the investigation it was determined that there was probable cause to arrest Stone for Possession of Stolen Property over $1,500, 28-517 (III Fel) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, 28-709 (I Mis). The other five juveniles were also cited for Possession of Stolen Property. They were eventually transported to a juvenile holding facility in Gering.