K-State Police Seek Public’s Help With Thefts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium

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MANHATTAN — The Kansas State University Police Department is investigating thefts of a utility terrain vehicle and money from an ATM at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The incidents occurred during the early morning hours between Dec. 26 and Dec. 29, 2019. The stolen UTV was last seen on the east side of the stadium on Dec. 27 at approximately 6:20 a.m. A suspect was seen with a different UTV with an attached trailer on the west side of the stadium in a residential area at about 5 a.m. on Dec. 29. The second UTV was returned to the stadium by the suspect later that morning.

The money taken from the ATM — in $10 and $20 denominations — may smell of cleaning solution and have a yellow tint. The dried bills may be brittle but wrinkled.

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K-State Police have released photos of two suspects, vehicles in and around the area at the time of the incident, cash left at the scene, and a stock photo of the stolen UTV.

Police request that anyone with information about these cases call 785-532-6412 or email police@k-state.edu. Police are especially interested in home security video and witness accounts from the neighborhood surrounding the stadium that may have recorded or witnessed any related activity.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.