COLUMBUS — A 21-year-old Monroe woman who turned in her boyfriend to authorities for crimes she said he committed while they lived together for 10 months is now facing similar charges herself.

Amanda McCloskey was charged with burglary and theft by unlawful taking $0-$500 in connection with an Aug. 12 residential break-in in the 1300 block of 35th Avenue in Columbus.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa on Thursday scheduled McCloskey for an Oct. 18 felony status hearing and set her bond at $25,000, 10 percent allowed for release. McCloskey also faces a drug possession charge in Colfax County.

The burglary charge is a Class 2A felony, punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. The theft charge is a Class II misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

McCloskey was estranged from Eleazar Oceguera Jr., 37, when she reported his involvement in the August break-in and the Nov. 11 theft of a 1987 Chevrolet El Camino from the new Columbus High School construction site.

Oceguera has been in custody at the county jail since his Aug. 17 arrest for third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault of an officer. He was served warrants for the burglary and theft, both Class 2A felonies, while in custody.

His felony cases are pending in district court.

An investigation by the Platte County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police got underway Aug. 17 when McCloskey came forward with information about stolen property involving her estranged boyfriend.

She alleged Oceguera assaulted her earlier that day as she was ready to leave him, Columbus Police Investigator Heath Haynes wrote in his probable cause arrest statement for Oceguera's case.

The area woman reported Oceguera was upset the night of Aug. 11-12, wanted to break into a house and took her with him.

When they arrived at the 35th Avenue residence, McCloskey reported Oceguera first broke out a basement window and, when he realized he couldn’t get in the window, he went around to the back of the residence and kicked in a door.

McCloskey said she and Oceguera entered the home, the investigator wrote. Oceguera then showered, and they both carried stolen property out of the home, she reported.

A search of the couple’s Monroe home revealed several items reported stolen in the Columbus break-in, Haynes wrote.

McCloskey also reported being at their Monroe home on Nov. 11 when Oceguera arrived with the 1987 El Camino stolen from the high school job site, Haynes wrote. She said he later dropped off the vehicle north of Monroe near the Loup Public Power District powerhouse.

During the search of the couple’s residence, items reportedly inside the stolen vehicle were found in the garage, according to the investigator.


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