Thayer County Man Convicted in Odell, Plymouth Burglaries
BEATRICE – A 33-year-old Hubbell man will be sentenced in January for an attempted burglary of the Odell Community Market, and the burglary of the Plymouth Brewhouse, in Plymouth.
Thursday, Matthew Koss pleaded guilty in Gage County District Court to an attempted burglary of the Odell market…and pleaded guilty in Jefferson County District Court to burglary of the Plymouth Brew House.
His Jefferson County sentencing is set for January 2nd, while sentencing in Gage County will be held January 7th.
In the Odell incident last May 29th, Deputy Gage County Attorney Michael Wehling said the discovery of a Walmart gift card outside the front door of the Odell business touched off an investigation that helped lead to identifying Koss as a suspect. The store was able to identify the card being used on March 29th, during the late evening. Surveillance video was used to identify the man using the card. Wehling said several deputies had received information that Jefferson County law officers had arrested a burglary suspect identified as Koss...and that he would be a suspect in the Odell incident.
The Odell Market had front glass broken out and a doorknob removed. A Jefferson County law officer said Koss had been arrested for the Plymouth Brewhouse business and a warrant had been issued for second person.
A Gage County deputy viewed Facebook photos in the Plymouth break-in.
"Images found on the Brewhouse Facebook page showed a white female and a white male going through the business. The male had the same build, as Matthew Koss. The (Gage County) deputy was told by (Jefferson County) Sgt. DeFrain that he was able to identify a tattoo on the male that identified him as Matthew Koss", Wehling said.
Law officers also identified Koss from the surveillance video at Walmart.
During early June questioning by Jefferson County authorities, Koss admitted to trying to break into the Odell Community Market but failed to do so.