NE: Evidence of a recent burglary justifies entry on exigency

“Courts generally find sufficient exigent circumstances to justify the warrantless entry into a home when a police officer reasonably believes that a burglary is in progress or was recently committed therein. A burglary indicates an immediate need to secure the premises, because it raises the possibility of danger to an occupant and the continued presence of an intruder.” The officer did a walk through looking anywhere a person could be hidden and saw firearms and a loaded pistol, which he picked up to clear, and the serial number had been scratched off. The search was reasonable by exigency or consent. State v. Rodriguez, 296 Neb. 950, 2017 Neb. LEXIS 92 (June 16, 2017). (It was more of a suggestion of burglary than real evidence.)

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