BEATRICE – Beatrice Police have arrested a Fairbury man on suspicion of stalking and other charges, following an investigation that extends back to February.
Lieutenant Jay Murphy says authorities Sunday arrested 58-year-old David Beetley on suspicion of stalking while in violation of a protection order, violation of a harassment protection order, trespassing, resisting arrest and littering.


Sunday at 2:40 a.m., Murphy says officers were conducting surveillance on a South 3rd Street home because of what police described as ongoing stalking behavior.


"One of the officers saw the suspect's vehicle driving near the residence. A few minutes later, the officer saw a flashlight on the north side of the victim's residence. The officer doing the surveillance, actually there were two of them, one was just getting there. They announced themselves as police and the suspect took off running through the neighborhood. They finally caught up with him at Fourth and Belvidere. He had a ski mask on and gloves and was carrying a flashlight", Murphy said.


Murphy says police located a large garbage bag full of refuse in the back yard of the victim’s home. The arrested man was suspected of breaking bottles on the driveway of the home and pouring oil on the porch, among other things over the past several months.


Murphy said Beetley had previously been arrested for violation of a protection order the woman had against him. Murphy said the two had been in a dating relationship, that ended late last year.


Police obtained a warrant for Beetley’s arrest after violation of a protection order. The stalking count is a felony, while the other possible charges are misdemeanors.