Man chases suspect on lawn mower, helps police with arrest

Published: Oct. 24, 2018 at 10:50 AM CDT
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Lincoln Police were able to track down a suspect who fled on foot after a citizen chased him down on a lawn mower and held him until officers arrived.

LPD said on Oct. 20, shortly after 11 a.m., officers responded to Wells Fargo at 4303 S 70th Street on a report of a fraud.

A bank manager reported a woman attempted to cash a $2,800 check in the drive-through and was told she could only receive $1,000 cash back.

The woman then asked for her check and ID back, and the teller and manager grew suspicious, police said.

The bank manager was able to verify the woman was not who she said she was, and the purse she was in possession of was recently stolen.

When an officer arrived, the woman accelerated out of the bank lot, and did not stop for the officer.

The driver lost control of the vehicle near 69th and Northridge Road, striking a curb and making it inoperable.

The driver, Debra Grebas, 41, was arrested, but the passenger, 23-year-old Deandre France, ran from the vehicle.

Nebraska State Patrol’s air wing was called in to assist, as well as an LPD K9 unit.

Police said a citizen was able to chase France down on a lawn mower, caught up to him, and held him down until authorities arrived.

France and Grebas were in possession of stolen identifications and checkbooks from various states. Grebas was arrested for 2nd degree forgery and France was arrested for criminal possession of a transaction device.