An escapee from the Work Ethic Camp in McCook has been taken into custody in Bennington along with another man and two women.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports its investigators determined that 20-year-old Christian Reinke of Hebron had traveled to the Omaha area and was driving a stolen sport utility vehicle.
A trooper spotted the SUV near 168th Street and Highway 36.
The SUV pulled into the Bennington High School parking lot, causing the school to go into lockdown. Additional NSP units, including aerial support, began to go to the scene when the vehicle left the parking lot and began driving down Bennington Road. Officers from the Bennington Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Omaha Police Department joined in the manhunt.
Officers stopped Reinke near 144th and Bennington. He faces charges related to escape as well as to driving a stolen vehicle. Three others in the vehicle have been taken into custody.
The Department of Correctional Services reported Reinke walked away from the Work Ethic Camp last night.
Reinke had a tentative release date of December 18th of 2022. He was serving five to 10 years on one count of burglary in Nuckolls County and up to one year for theft by receiving $1,500 to $5,000 in Sarpy County. He is eligible for parole in 2019.
The Work Ethic Camp in McCook is a minimum-security prison. Inmates there work in the community with intermittent supervision.