Arson suspected after stolen car catches fire in south Lincoln, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Police are investigating a possible arson after a stolen car was set ablaze Sunday in south Lincoln.

On Saturday, officers were sent to a hit-and-run crash near 14th and Superior Streets just before midnight.

Police say the vehicle responsible, a Hyundai Sonata, had been reported stolen from a Union Bank near 48th and Calvert Streets.

Around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, a witness saw the car “driving recklessly” in the Southwest High School parking lot.

The car then drove into a light pole, according to police.

Officers later found the Hyundai, fully engulfed in flames, near 13th Street and Aries Drive.

The driver of the car had since left the area.  Police say the fire inspector suspects the blaze was caused by arson.

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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