Technology Helps Lincoln Police Quickly Arrest Theft Suspect

Technology and quick thinking led to the swift arrest of a theft suspect in Downtown Lincoln.

At 8:37 a.m. Wednesday, police say a 28-year-old employee of Archrival called police to report that her purse was stolen while she was in the back room of the business at 720 O Street.

Police say the victim immediately started tracking her iPhone, which was in her purse. She relayed the information to police dispatch. They say the victim provided updates as the suspect ran northbound from Dish Restaurant, 1100 O Street, and then south to 11th & N Streets.

Meanwhile, police say she was also giving updates to a coworker, who left to track the suspect on foot. At the bus stop, the coworker caught up with the suspect and confronted him.

Police say the suspect claimed someone gave him the purse, but he handed it to the coworker and took off running.

Police caught up with the suspect inside Gold’s Galleria, 1033 O Street.

Thirty-two year old Tetus J. Therien was taken into custody at 8:47 a.m. and subsequently arrested for theft and four outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Two of the warrants are for theft.