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Wheels Of Justice Move Out Of Neutral

The wheels of justice seemed stuck in neutral for an Omaha family. Two burglars hit their home in the early morning hours last March 15th.

While checking out a noise homeowner Dr. Joe Skradski confronted a burglar at his unlocked inside garage door.The Omaha dentist said, "As the door came open I asked who is that?" A Teenage burglar who had been in and out of the family house and vehicle took off running with Doctor Joe close behind. Joe said, I threw a lacrosse wicket at the vehicle as it pulled away." But police stopped the car and arrested the two burglars ages 19 and 17 just 15 minutes later.

While the Skradskis commend Omaha police for quick action they're frustrated the legal system has been slow. Not only have the defendants been granted several continuances but some family valuables have been held in evidence since March 15th. Dr. Skradski said, "Seven months for a red handed, caught in 15 minutes crime doesn't make sense to me."

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, " Sometimes we have to have an agreement from defense counsel to substitute a photo for the actual evidence. That sometimes delay getting property back to victims."

A defense attorney for one of the defendants said his client hasn't been holding up justice and he said legal process has been par for the course. He said possible plea agreement could come soon.

After Fact Finders investigated the delays the county attorney on the case sent notice to police to release all the Skradski's items which Joe picked up last Friday. That includes a duck call device, hunting clothes, a ball bat some cell phones and Ipod.

Dr. Skradski is grateful the wheels of justice are no longer stuck in neutral but he still wants to see the defendants in court.


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