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Rustlers

They’re still around. ┬áHere’s one that didn’t get too far:

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) _ A man accused of stealing cattle in the Panhandle and selling them at a livestock auction in eastern Nebraska has pleaded guilty. Jake Otte entered the plea to one count of exercising control in Dawes County Court. The 29-year-old had faced 10 charges of felony theft, but they were combined into the single charge during last week’s preliminary hearing. Court records say Otte stole 10 head of cattle from Chadron-area rancher and former Dawes County Commissioner Gil Nitsch in October and sold them at a livestock auction in Wahoo for $8,700. Nitsch had branded the cattle, but brand inspections are not required in eastern Nebraska. Eight of the animals have been recovered. Otte is out on $10,000 bond until his April 13 sentencing.

Spotted at KNEB, Voice of the Valley.