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Cornhusker Merchandise Stolen, Police Arrest Suspect


Thousands of dollars of Cornhusker merchandise goes missing. It was swiped straight from a popular fan store, Husker Hound in Omaha.

With cornhusker football coming up fans at the Husker Hound are already stocking up on the scarlet and cream.

Over the last several months though, owner Scott Strunc began noticing merchandise disappearing.

"I mean we are a small business and we don't have a lot of the elaborate equipment that you need in order to catch these things right away," said Strunc.

While merchandise was going missing, five miles away, former employee Ryan Coolidge was holding yard sales. He was selling brand new Nebraska items according to neighbors.

Neighbors remember thinking the items looked too good to be true.

"Twenty jersey's still with tags on them, footballs that were autographed, pictures that were still in plastic," said Jana Herbert, neighbor.

At the yard sale, a buyer was told if the items didn't work to just return it to Husker Hound. As it turns out, one of the items didn't work, so she brought it into the Husker Hound. Strunc realized it was a stolen item and called police.

After investigating, police arrested Coolidge for theft. A search of Coolidge's home turned up a large amount of Husker merchandise, some items with Husker Hounds price tags still hanging.

Strunc said he feels a lot of gratitude towards the woman who came forward.

"When 99 percent of the world doesn't want to get involved, she wanted to make a difference and help in this, and she just didn't feel right without doing it that way," said Strunc.


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