Police make arrests in Beatrice after Fairbury theft investigation
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Police make arrests in Beatrice after Fairbury theft investigation

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Two people were arrested at a Beatrice motel after authorities investigated a theft from a Fairbury residence.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Beatrice police responded to the Victorian Inn regarding information from Jefferson County authorities about a theft that occurred there.

Arrest documents state that Gary Ingrao, 39, of Fairbury, had stolen a handgun and jewelry from a residence in Fairbury earlier that day, and was later dropped off at the Victorian Inn in Beatrice Ingrao also had an active Jefferson County warrant for failing to appear on a theft charge and a protection order violation.

Employees at the hotel said Ingrao was in a room with a female, later identified as Coleen Sanderson, 32, of Wymore. The two were found in the room and Ingrao was placed under arrest. He denied having the stolen items and gave police consent to search the room.

A zippered bag was found that contained multiple pieces of jewelry in the room, in addition to a spoon with burnt residue next to syringes. A small amount of a crystal substance later identified as methamphetamine was also found.

Ingrao and Sanderson were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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