Stolen Vehicles Lead to Pursuit in NP, Three Charged

Jesse Belland

Officers from the North Platte Police Department were involved in a high speed pursuit through the city on Wednesday, leading to the arrest of three North Platte residents.

On December 25 at approximately 2:32AM, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1800 block of West 3rd.  It was reported to the responding officer that the victim’s 2006 Hyundai Tiburon had been warming up outside, when they noticed it leaving their driveway.  Minutes later, a patrol officer spotted a vehicle matching this description in the area of North Platte High School.  As the officer turned around to verify the identity of the vehicle, the driver began to speed up and drive recklessly on the snow and ice covered roads.  Due to the dangerous conditions, the officer made the decision not to pursue the vehicle.  An officer was able to follow at a distance, and soon located the vehicle, unoccupied, in the Red Cedars Trailer Court at 2nd and Bare.

Chance Ragle

On Wednesday, at 6:30AM, officers responded to the 900 block of East 3rd on a report of another stolen vehicle, a Lexus GS500.   As with the first victim, the complainant reported that their car had been warming up on the street, unlocked, and was stolen.  Patrol officers began actively searching for the vehicle, and at 1:37PM, an officer saw the vehicle driving near the 1200 block of Burlington.  After a failed attempt to stop the vehicle, a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit was terminated near 5th and Poplar due to the driver’s erratic driving, high speeds and dangerous road conditions.  A short time later, the vehicle was again spotted by a patrol officer, this time near 4th and Sycamore traveling westbound at approximately 40 mph.  Again, patrol units did not actively pursue the vehicle due to the dangerous conditions.  An officer witnessed the vehicle lose control at 4th and Garfield, causing damage to a stop sign on the southeast corner of the intersection.  Officers last observed the vehicle near 2nd and Custer.

Katelynn McWain

Officers then responded to Red Cedars trailer court, since the previously stolen vehicle had been located there.  The Lexus was found at this location running and unoccupied.  Officers were able to follow footprints in the snow to a trailer, where they made contact with Jesse Belland.  The investigation revealed that Belland was driving the Lexus as officers were in pursuit.  It was also determined that Belland had a role in the theft of both vehicles.  The investigation also led to the arrest of Katelyn McWain and Chance Ragle.  McWain was charged with one count of theft by taking for her role in the case involving the Hyundai.  Belland was charged with two counts of theft by taking for his involvement in both incidents.  Ragle was also charged with two counts of theft by taking for his role.  Additionally, Belland was charged with flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under suspension and criminal mischief.  All three were arrested and booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center.

  • Smokey

    Annual Christmas car theft and joy ride?

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  • really?

    i know family of ms. mcwain and she was raised better than this…

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    • JasperRose

      Obviously someone failed somewhere. This isn’t her first run in with the law

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      • SadMomma

        People who still think “it’s the parent’s fault” or “they were raised better than this” have never had their kids do anything wrong. I too used to think this way but now I KNOW DIFFERENT, good parents give their child tools and morals to live a good life with….it is up to the child to use those tools and morals, if they don’t….IT IS NOT THE PARENTS FAULT!!!

        Current score: 14
        • Jules Winnfield

          “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the
          tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through
          the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike
          down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee…

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  • Oh Lord…….

    Everyone knows someones family that has been in trouble. It’s NP it’s not a mertropolis or something! The fact remains she is charged with a pretty serious crime. Doesn’t matter how she was raised, what matters is she didn’t take any of that “raising” to heart apparently and has now (allegedly) commited a crime! She shouldn’t be allowed any less punishment if found guilty than either of thee other two pukes!
    Just my humble opinion

    Current score: 12
  • fnp

    6 words for Chance Ragle – White trash, Perpetual Thief, Drug Addict

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  • sumting wong here

    funny they went back to the same trailer park real dim bulbs and thieves suck

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  • :-(

    Chance is a good guy when he is sober. Which is not often enough. I hope he gets it together soon as he is headed for prison or death if he does not change his direction in life. What a waste. So much potential. Flushed down the toilet by bad choices. Your better then this Chance. Don’t you want a better life? After you went to treatment you made some good changes but they were short lived. I cant and wont ever understand. Wake up before it is to late!!

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  • http://post teamroper

    nobody said criminals were smart.

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