Man Accused of ATM Heist in Stolen Bobcat Faces More Charges
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
A Grand Island man accused of stealing a cash machine in a low speed chase in a stolen skid steer loader now faces more charges.
Bryce Malesker now faces seven charges, including theft, criminal mischief, and using a vehicle to avoid arrest.
In addition, he now faces another felony charge of criminal mischief for damages at Barr Middle School.
Police arrested Malesker on April 26, after a pursuit at the low speed of 10 miles an hour, on a Bobcat stolen from a nearby job site.
Officers say Malesker used the skid steer loader to pry an ATM from its enclosure, and took off down the street.
The Bobcat ran across yards and into fences, and also struck Stolley Park Elementary School, dislodging the roof to a classroom.
Malesker faced a judge on Friday, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The case now will move on to trial.
In addition, he entered a no contest plea in a separate matter. He was found guilty of stealing items valued at $350 from a man's truck in February. Judge Philip Martin sentenced Malesker to 30 days jail in that case.
Malesker's court-appointed attorney said his client also faces sentencing in district court on two other unrelated cases later this month.
He will be arraigned in district court in the Bobcat case on June 18.