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LPD: Witness helps catch thieves

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Posted By:  Cole Miller

An early morning crime spree in Lincoln comes to an end thanks to an alert neighbor.

Police say when a neighbor spotted three men dressed in all black walking down his street, he got suspicious.  He says then saw them trying to open up car doors, so he called police.

Officers looking for three men near Myrtle street, just south of Normal Boulevard where a number of cars, like Ariel Lundstrom's were broken into at around 1 o'clock.  

"It's kind of scary I guess because I didn't think it would happen but it does," Lundstrom said.

Lincoln police arrested three men, 21–year–old Genoa Williams, 21-year-old Nathin Nicholas and 19–year–old Cody Bernhardt for theft and entering motor vehicles without permission.

"Having people rummage through my personal papers or anything, I feel violated."

Police say a watchful eye helped lead them to the trio. Neighbors are thanking one of their own for putting an end to this break–in spree. A man who lives in the area says he saw the three men coming from the east, hid behind his bush and called the police.

"The witness did a good job identifying the individuals that he saw. He was able to identify them, so he did a real good job," Sgt. Jeri Roeder said.

Police say they found some lose change on the men along with Lundstrom's wallet.  She says she's already said thank you.

"I wouldn't have my wallet if it wasn't for him."

Along with the lose change and a wallet, police say they also found a flashlight and 3 pairs of sunglasses on the men.  It appears they targeted cars with unlocked doors.

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