Crooks Cash in Stealing Empty Beer Kegs from Omaha Restaurants
Busting down fences, picking locks and dragging away empty kegs, for months.
Omaha police Lt. Jay Leavitt says this crime, is a new one.
"This is new to me, it's a new trend. At first it seemed kind of random, didn't seem much to it."
Omaha police say these guys Gary Starks and Tracy Maxwell have made quite a chunk of change.
"They would cut through the padlocks and the chains to get in and access the empty kegs, they'd load em up in one or two vehicles and drive away with them."
Since November these crooks have hit four different restaurants in Omaha, multiple times, even one in Papillion.
Seen here in this surveillance video police say Starks and Maxwell are snatching kegs from the Old Chicago at 132nd and Maple.
Texas Roadhouse, Famous Daves and an Old Chicago in Papillion; also targeted.
"We don't have an exact number, we figured they've probably turned in around 60 over the last month. Over the last week they've hit almost nightly, and turning in the kegs the next day."
Starks and Maxwell took the empties to Gretna Wine and Spirits and cashed them in for $30 a pop.
Waiting for two to strike again, Omaha police staked out Old Chicago.
They caught Starks and Maxwell in the act. After a foot pursuit and car chase the two ended their night in handcuffs.