- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - A 26-year-old man accused of stealing a fire truck from the U.S. Forest Service and driving it around Nebraska has been sentenced to probation.

The Sidney Sun-Telegraph reports (https://bit.ly/1e06J8w ) Aaron Timmens, of Sidney, was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in April to theft by unlawful taking.

As part of his plea agreement, Timmens has agreed to pay $8,500 in damages and serve three years of probation.

Court documents say Timmens stole the fire truck in September from Forest Service property in Chadron, drove it through a locked gate and ditched it at an area Wal-Mart. The federal agency reported the vehicle was stolen by Timmens, a National Guardsman who reportedly went absent without leave.

At Tuesday’s sentencing, Timmens said he was remorseful and had learned from his actions.

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Information from: Sidney Sun-Telegraph, https://www.suntelegraph.com


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