Attempted bank robber caught after escape
By Jan Rahn
Drew Steier, attempted robber of an area bank, who had escaped in July, is back in custody after being apprehended by the Evanston, Wyo. Police Department.
Steier was serving one-and-a-half to three years in the Work Ethic Camp near McCook after being convicted of attempted robbery of the Farmers State Bank in Wallace on Aug. 13, 2012. He escaped from the facility on July 5 by going over the fence.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, after climbing the fence, Steier evidently walked one-half mile into McCook and stole a Subaru. The vehicle was later identified as being involved in a gas drive-off in Ogallala.
According to the Evanston, Wyo., Police Department, law enforcement officers were responding to an unrelated incident at the Howard Johnson Inn in Evanston when a citizen informed them that Steier had checked into a room.
Officers made contact with Steier, who told them his name was Anthony Johnson.
He was arrested after police confirmed his identity and transported to the Uinta County Jail in Evanston.
Steier refused to waive extradition and the Special Services Unit of the Nebraska Department of Corrections has begun the process of a formal extradition hearing.
Steier will be transported back to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln by the Special Services Unit following the hearing, according to Work Ethic Camp Warden Pam Morello.
When Steier escaped, he had served less than a year of his sentence following the botched robbery for which he was originally convicted in Lincoln County on a Class III felony for attempted robbery.