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Veteran's home thief pleads no contest to robbery

The man accused of robbing a resident at the Western Nebraska Veteran's Home has pleaded 'no contest' 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.

This morning in Scotts Bluff County District Court, Soester changed his not guilty plea. Soester was emotional during today's hearing, and wiped back tears and said, "This is my own fault" to his attorney.

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.

District Judge Randall Lippstreu set the matter for sentencing for July 11th at 2 p.m. Soester will face a prison sentence ranging from 1 to 50 years.

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