Kearney man gets prison in drug store burglary case

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - A Kearney man will spend at least four years in prison for burglary in connection with a string of drug-store break-ins in 2017.

Jal Thong, 23, was convicted on one count of burglary in April. Four other related charges were dropped. Tuesday a Buffalo county district court judge sentenced Thong to four to six years in prison.

Court documents show he was arrested in June 2017 for burglary and possession of a controlled substance for a break-in at Medi-Cap pharmacy. He was also connected to three break-ins at Valley pharmacy and one at ABC drug.

The break-ins at Valley pharmacy were reported May 2 and 15, and on June 3. The ABC Drug break-in happened May 19. The Medi-Cap break-in was reported June 25.

In each case, numerous prescription drug pills were stolen.

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