Flores Captured in Sheridan County
Accused of Using Machete in Vehicle Theft
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
After several hours on the hunt, law enforcement officers arrested Nicholas Flores in Sheridan County and located the Ford Mustang that was stolen by Flores late on July 29.
According to Sergeant Cody Buskirk with the Alliance Police Department, Flores, 22, of Alliance, stole a 2007 Ford Mustang by holding a weapon, identified as a machete in the Affidavit for Custody, to the victim’s chest to demand the vehicle.
“On July 29, at approximately 11 p.m., Flores had knocked on a residence door just west of Alliance, outside of city limits,” said Buskirk. “He contacted the resident there asking for a ride into town. The individual gave him a ride into Alliance. Inside city limits, Flores and the driver had exited the vehicle. Flores brandished a weapon and demanded the vehicle.”
The victim complied with Flores’ demand, and Flores drove the vehicle eastbound on West 25th Street toward Highway 87.
The Alliance Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies began the search for Flores shortly thereafter. The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol arrested Flores at approximately 6 p.m. on July 30.
Sheridan County Sheriff Jeff Brewer said they received a tip about a vehicle matching the description of the one Flores took five miles west of North Highway 87 on 770th Road.
“There were two concerned citizens who saw a post on Facebook who identified the car,” said Brewer. “They contacted us. Trooper Noah Huber and Deputy Courtney Jackson with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office had him in custody when I arrived. He had taken off walking from the vehicle. He was located maybe a mile and a half to the west of it, walking down the road. The concerned citizens were the heroes of the day because they were vigilant.”
Brewer said that during the arrest, Flores was “extremely rude” but made no threats against law enforcement.
Brewer said the vehicle appeared to be free from wreckage, but was unsure of the overall condition.
According to the Affidavit for Custody, the machete used in the theft of the Mustang was found in the vehicle.
Flores now faces the charges of robbery, a class 2 felony, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a class 2 felony, theft by unlawful taking $5,000+, a class 2A felony, and terroristic threats, a class 3A felony.
Another case against Flores is active in District Court charges him with burglary, a class 2A felony, possession of burglar’s tools, a class 4 felony, criminal possession of 2-3 financial transaction devices, a class 4 felony, and carrying a concealed weapon, a class 1 misdemeanor. Those charges arose from an incident in January.
According to the Affidavit for Custody, on Jan. 18 at 11:34 p.m., an officer with the Alliance Police Department observed a male, later identified as Flores, walking with two other individuals in the E Row of Meadows. The officer attempted to speak with the group, but Flores refused, walking away carrying a black bag.
The officer spoke with the other two individuals in a consensual field interview, and observed Flores enter an alleyway. Later, the officer saw Flores leave the alley, but noticed he was no longer carrying the black bag.
After talking with the individuals, the officer went into the alley, where he located the abandoned bag. The officer proceeded to search the bag, finding items with Flores’ name on them.
Also inside the bag, the officer located, “a black balaclava, crowbar, screwdriver, and other items consistent with burglar’s tools.” The officer found a large, fixed-blade knife, with a blade longer than 3.5 inches concealed in the bag.
Upon searching the bag further, the officer found “numerous bank cards with other individual’s names as the card holder, as well as used and unused checks.”
He observed that one of the checks was signed as the individual’s name in the amount of $400.00.
A bank bag filled with 12 used checkbooks were also found inside the abandoned black bag.
Flores was taken into custody on an arrest warrant. Officers made contact with one of the individuals whose name was found on the checkbooks. The person advised the officers that the checkbooks were taken from his property in a burglary.
According to the document, Flores was read his Miranda Rights and interviewed about the property. Flores allegedly claimed some of the property found in the bag, and admitted to forging the signature on the $400.00 check. He also allegedly admitted to assisting another individual in a plan to burglarize another residence on Dec. 30.
He said used checkbooks were taken in the burglary, in addition to a “gun safe full of CDs.”