Authorities say a car stolen in rural Morrill County late Friday night has been recovered in Minooka, Illinois. Authorities say 42 year old Troy O’Brien and 27 year old Melissa L. Sancillo, both from Gary, Indiana were behind the car theft.
The duo have been the subject of a multi-day search since O’Brien escaped from a jail in North Platte Thursday.
The Morrill County Sheriff’s Department said that at around 11:30 p.m. Friday night they received a report of a stolen Lincoln Town Car south of Bridgeport.
Sancillo has been taken into custody, but O’Brien once again was able to elude authorities after fleeing in another cornfield.
Authorities in Lincoln County said that the pair were arrested originally for driving a stolen vehicle from Indiana. Sancillo was released earlier Thursday and O’Brien was just hours away from his scheduled release.
Then, they allege, O’Brien escaped from a work detail and stole a maintenance worker’s vehicle, where he fled with Sancillo. The two were spotted in Bridgeport Thursday night, and authorities attempted to stop the vehicle.
After refusing to stop and driving south on Highway 385, they then drove into a field, and the two took off on foot and have not been seen since. The vehicle that was recovered in the field was the vehicle stolen in North Platte.
Nearly two dozen law enforcement officers from Morrill and Cheyenne county, and the Nebraska State Patrol searched the area for several hours, and even used a patrol airplane to search the area Friday, but did not spot the duo.
Fisher said that surveillance video from a Bridgeport convenience store shows that the two occupants of the vehicle were O’Brien and Sancillo.
O’Brien is a white male, 6’1″, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants.