An inmate who left the minimum-security Community Corrections Center in Lincoln two weeks ago was arrested early Monday morning by Hastings police while he was loading groceries into his van.

Anthony Mattison, 30, was reported missing after leaving the corrections center on June 29. According to a news release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, he is serving a six- to 11-year sentence for theft by receiving stolen property out of Platte County. His tentative release date was February 2025. A parole hearing had been set for March 2020.

Mattison was arrested without incident at 4 a.m. Monday in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 3803 Osborne Drive West, and is being held in the Lancaster County Jail in Lincoln. His case will be referred to the county attorney’s office for the determination of any additional charges.

He initially attempted to make contact with his parents at their home in Hastings, but his mother, fearing for her safety, would not answer the door, said Hastings Police Sgt. Mark Hinrichs.

“We got a call from his mother, so we knew he was in the area,” Hinrichs said.

Mattison’s van later was spotted in the Walmart parking lot, where Hastings Police Sgt. Kyle Williamson and Officer Edgar Sandoval waited for him to return to the vehicle.

“Officers set up away from the the van waiting for him to return,” Hinrichs said. “He was unloading his groceries into the van with Officer Sandoval standing there watching him. When he finished, Officer Sandoval pushed the door shut, and it startled him. He didn’t realize the officer was watching him and gave up.”

Following his arrest, Mattison was placed in the custody of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and later was picked up by Lancaster County deputies, Hinrichs said.

CCC-L is one of two community custody facilities operated by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive facility.

Inmates are allowed to participate in work opportunities and to attend school and religious services with prior approval and without direct supervision.

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