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Two jailed after making off with cash register

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -- Five minutes. That's about all the time it took for authorities to nab two men after they took off with a grocery store's cash register.

It all started at about 4:54 Thursday afternoon at the La Michoacana grocery store on Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

South Sioux City police say, when the two men entered the store, one distracted the cashier. While she assisted him, the other man yanked the register, and both took off.

Just a couple minutes later, officers spotted the duo's Chevy S10. The men again took off, leading police on a brief chase before ditching the truck in an alley near 11th and Dakota. At that point, the two made a break for it on foot, but pretty soon, found themselves in handcuffs.

"We had a lot of police in the area. We had the help of the Dakota County Sheriff's Department and Nebraska State Patrol and of course, South Sioux City Police Department," said South Sioux City police officer Brian Van Berkum.

The arrests happened right in front of a group of neighborhood kids. They say they didn't know what to think, watching it all go down.

"The other guy ran between two houses in front of mine and then I told my mom and she told the cops to come over here and they tackled him," said witness Alexandria Pierce.

"It was like a terror! I was like, 'whoa!,' said witness Joshua Reed.

No one was hurt in the incident, and police say the register and money inside of it were all recovered.

It's being classified as a "theft" and not a robbery because police say a weapon was not involved.

South Sioux City police identified late Thursday, as 21-year-old Rick Nelson and 22-year-old Zachary Barnes, both of Sioux City. They're facing charges of theft by unlawful taking, and criminal mischief.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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