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Man who stole wallet from resident at Western Nebraska Veteran's Home to change plea

The man accused of robbing a resident at the Western Nebraska Veteran's Home is set to change his 'not guilty' plea to a Class II Robbery charge.

Police arrested 32 – year – old Curtis Soester in March after security cameras caught him stealing a wallet from David Bixler while he was outside of his apartment.

In court documents filed this week it shows that On June 3rd, Soester has a change of plea hearing scheduled. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Blaha expects at that point, Soester will either plead guilty or no contest to the robbery charge. He also says that he will not pursue charging Soester as a habitual criminal.

During Soester's preliminary hearing in Scotts Bluff County Court, surveillance video clearly shows a man sneaking up behind Bixler and takes his chain wallet and fled. Scottsbluff Police Captain Brian Wasson testified on how police used surveillance video to catch the culprit. While Soester was being arrested, they found the driver's license belonging to Bixler, and Soester also told police where they could find the keys to Bixler's safe deposit box.

If Soester pleads to the charge, he will face a prison sentence ranging from 1 to 50 years.

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