GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A man accused of using a stolen skid loader to steal an ATM and damage other property pleaded no contest Tuesday to five felonies.

Bryce A. Malesker, 41, of Grand Island entered the pleas to theft by unlawful taking, operating a vehicle to avoid arrest and three counts of criminal mischief in Hall County District Court. A charge of theft by unlawful taking and three additional charges of criminal mischief were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Deputy Hall County Attorney Nancy Berger-Snyder said Malesker took a skid loader belonging to Tom's Tree Service on April 26 and used it to tear a Five Points Bank ATM out of a small building owned by the bank. The damage to the building exceeded $1,500, and the ATM was valued at more than $1,500, she said.

He also drove the skid loader down Stolley Park Road and refused to stop despite orders from Grand Island police officers, Berger-Snyder said. Police eventually used a Taser to stop Malesker.

His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 11. He is being held at the Hall County Jail.

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