In the last few weeks, small towns outside of Lincoln have seen an uptick in car thefts. In most cases the car doors were unlocked, and the victims are now suffering from over $3,000 in losses as a result.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said the suspects broke into a few cars in Bennet, and then stole items from five cars in Hickman last week. On Monday night, they targeted another 10 cars in Hickman, and also stole an SUV with the keys inside.
"It just makes us feel unsafe," Robin Townsend, one of the victims said. "I guess we're a little more vigilant now about the neighborhood, and how well lit it is.."
In her case, DVDs, CDs, mail and gift cards were stolen among other items. Sheriff Wagner said the first two cases of theft are directly related, but it is uncertain whether Monday's spree shares any connection.
"We're still investigating, trying to develop suspects and to recover some of the stolen property," Wagner said.
Sunflower Drive in Hickman has seen a number of car break-ins recently, and neighbors told us it was completely unexpected in their peaceful neighborhood.
"I don't trust everybody else," Ann Pickrel said. "I trust people in our neighborhood, but I don't trust anybody else anymore."
Townsend said the lesson learned is to lock car doors at all times and avoid storing personal items inside. However, she would like to see a bigger presence of law enforcement in the area until things settle down.
"Last night, I would have thought we would've had a little bit more police in the neighborhood," Townsend said. "We didn't see any police last night."
So far, no suspects have been identified. The Sheriff's Office is still investigating. If you know anything, you are urged to call 402-441-6500.