Man Accused of Stealing ATM with Skid Loader Pleads Not Guilty
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
By Nina Harrelson, Weekend News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
A Grand Island man accused of stealing a cash machine in a low-speed chase while driving a stolen skid steer loader has pleaded not guilty to the nine charges against him.
Bryce Malesker was arraigned in Hall County Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of theft, six counts of criminal mischief and using a vehicle to avoid arrest.
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. Repairs at the school were completed last week.
A pre-trial hearing has been set for August 7. The jury trial will begin in October.
Last month, Malesker also entered a no contest plea in a separate matter. He was found guilty of stealing $350 worth of valuables from a man's truck in February. Judge Philip Martin sentenced him to 30 days jail in that case.