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Two accused of theft from Gering convenience store

December 22, 2017

A 27-year-old Gering woman and 34-year-old Gering man are accused of stealing more than one thousand dollars from a Gering business.

Brianna Novotny, alias Brianna Galloway, and Spencer Ebel, both of Gering, have been charged in Scotts Bluff County Court with theft by unlawful taking, a Class I misdemeanor.

According to an arrest affidavit, Marcus Macias, the manager of a Gering convenience store called Pony Express, reported that a money bag had been stolen from a gaming machine.

The man told police that he had checked one of the gaming machines at the business on Dec. 19. The machine was out of order and the man said he opened the machine and pulled out a money bag. He placed money from the machine into the money bag and then put it back into the machine.

While Macias was working, he said that Novotny and Ebel were seated behind him playing the gaming machines. The man said he did not think anything about it and placed the bag in the machine and locked it as he usually did.

At about 8:30 p.m., the man said he noticed that the money bag had been taken from the machine. Through surveillance video, he said he observed Novotny and Ebel at the machine, where the woman was observed removing a cup holder, standing up and bending over the gaming machine while the man blocked the view of the security camera.

The man told police he had not realized the cup holder in the machine could be removed. According to a print out, there was $1,196 in the money bag that had been stolen.

A warrant for Novotny and Ebel’s arrest was issued on Dec. 20. Both were arraigned Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court.