Trials set for Adams County burglary ring

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Jury trials are scheduled August 13th for two of the suspects in a three person burglary ring that was based in Adams County.

Diane Hancock, 55, faces 34 felony charges including possession of stolen firearms, defacing a stolen firearm, theft and accessory to a felony.

Hancock was arrested in September in connection with year-long investigation involving sheriff's deputies from 14 counties.

Hancock and William Dreessen, 48, Hastings were at the center of a burglary ring out of a residence in Holstein in southern Adams County.

Dreessen is charged in Adams County with 18 counts of felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person,15 counts of possession or receiving a stolen firearm, 17 counts of defacing a firearm, two counts of theft, three counts of burglary and one conspiracy count.

Local law enforcement officials say the property was stolen from farmsteads and rural residences, taken to the residence in Holstein and in some cases re-sold on social media sites. The property ranged from high-end tools, TVs and in one case a $4,000 drone stolen from a farm in Fillmore county.

Another suspected, Dustan Hallows 23, Hastings, is charged in Adams County with two counts of felony theft, and three counts of burglary.

The jury trials for Hancock and Dreessen are expected to last about a week.

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