Hastings man gets probation in rural burglary ring

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - One of the suspects in a 2017 burglary ring was sentenced to probation for two felony convictions.

Dustan Hallows, 24, Hastings, was convicted of two counts of felony burglary in connection with the case. Six other related charges were dropped in exchange for a no contest plea. Monday an Adams county district court judge sentenced Hallows to 36 months probation and ordered him to pay a total of $2,600 restitution to two of the burglary victims.

The burglary operation involved property stolen from farmsteads and rural residences, taken to a residence in Holstein and in some cases re-sold on social media sites. The property ranged from high-end tools, firearms, TVs and in one case a $4,000 drone stolen from a farm in Fillmore county. Law enforcement agencies from 14 counties were involved in the case.

Two other suspects were arrested in 2017 in connection with the quarter-million dollar burglary operation.

William Dreessen, 49, Hastings, has been convicted on eight charges, including possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a stolen firearm, defacing a firearm, two counts of felony theft, two counts of felony burglary and one count of conspiracy. A number of other charges against Dreessen were dropped. The possible penalties on those convictions total over 100 years in prison. Dreesen is scheduled to be sentenced January 4, 2019.

Prosecution is pending against Diane Hancock, 56, Holstein, who faces 10 counts of felony possession of stolen firearms. Her trial is scheduled January.

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