Car thieves crash into Lincoln restaurant after grandma yells at them, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln police says it’s looking for a group of car thieves who went on a crime spree this week.

We’re told this all began when the suspects stole a Jetta on Tuesday morning from Northwest 6th and West Butler Avenue.

They then drove the stolen vehicle to Ace Hardware on South 27th Street, where a victim says one of the thieves hopped into their Acura which was running and unlocked.

But the suspect didn’t get far as he immediately crashed into a pickup truck.

Police say the thief then ran off and was picked up by the stolen Jetta, to continue the crime spree.

Authorities tell us the suspects went to Pho Factory on North 26th Street after that, where two of them put on masks and jumped into another running vehicle.

But they quickly learned three children and their grandmother were still inside.

Police say the grandma began yelling at the thieves who crashed into the restaurant, causing $8,000 worth of damage.

The crime spree continued even after that, when a customer at SJ’s Smoke Shop on O Street reported seeing three hooded teenagers in the parking lot.

He says one of them got into his red Chrysler 200, which was also running, before driving off with it.

Right now that’s the only vehicle still missing.  Police say it has the Nebraska license plate UNF955.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000 or call Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

Police are also reminding everyone to lock your vehicle whenever leaving it unattended, and never leave it running on its own.

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