A 42-year-old Dodge man was sentenced to prison during Holt County District Court on June 24 for his connection in a burglary at a shop in Atkinson last September with two other men.

James H. Bailey, formerly of Omaha, pled guilty to burglary, a Class 2A felony. Holt County District Judge Mark Kozisek sentenced the defendant to 5-7 years in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services with credit for 28 days served in Holt County Jail.

According to the state’s good time law, Bailey must serve at least 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years of his sentence.

The defendant also was ordered to pay $147 in court costs within 180 days of his release from imprisonment.

“I believe that Mr. Bailey is a career criminal and am very grateful for the investigation conducted by the Atkinson Police Department and Holt County Sheriff’s Department.  While Mr. Bailey’s prison sentence won’t make the victims of his crime whole again, I am pleased that he won’t be able to further victimize our citizens or their property,” said Holt County Attorney Brent Kelly.

Bailey and two other men were arrested on Sept. 29, 2018, for allegedly breaking into a shop in Atkinson. 

Joel Schrader, 47, of Martell, waived his preliminary hearing on Nov. 14, 2018 in Holt County Court and was bound over to district court for burglary. He is to appear for a pretrial conference on Aug. 12 in district court.

Also facing charges for burglary is Andrew J. Yonkey, 47, of Bennet. He appeared in county court on Oct. 16, 2018, and waived his preliminary hearing for burglary. He is to appear for a pretrial hearing on July 29 in district court.

According to court documents, Atkinson Police Chief Tim Larby was phoned by dispatch advising that a caller reported he was watching his  shop being broken into through a security system linked to a cellphone on Sept. 29, 2018. 

The victim reported a camera system had recently been installed by Ogden Hardware and Electronics in Atkinson that allowed the owner to watch the shop in real time after being alerted. 

According to Brent Ogden, he had installed the security system only three days prior to the incident. 

Chief Larby reported to the incident near North Carberry and West 11th streets. He entered the property from the south side. At that time dispatch advised the officer the subjects were exiting the backside of the building and there were now three individuals. 

When Chief Larby made his way to the westside of the building he located a Chevy pickup with an enclosed trailer backed up to an overhead garage door. He yelled out, “police, stop.” At that time, allegedly, two individuals stood up from between the truck and trailer. The officer had the two individuals at gunpoint. 

Dispatch then advised Holt County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mark Liewer and Atkinson Police Officer Grant Hitchcock were en route. 

The two subjects were later identified as Schrader and Yonkey. Both defendants were placed in handcuffs. 

Deputy Liewer and Officer Hitchcock searched for the third subject once on scene. He was later found hiding in a hole by a tree. He was identified as Bailey. All three subjects were placed in separate patrol units and were transported to Holt County Jail.

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I grew up 10 miles southwest of Stuart on the Greger family ranch. I graduated from West Holt Public Schools in Atkinson in 1997 and Northeast Community College in Norfolk in journalism in 1999.

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