Man refuses to let go as car thief speeds off in west Lincoln, police say
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man held on for dear life as he tried to thwart a car thief in west Lincoln on Tuesday.
Around 8:50 p.m., a 31-year-old man parked his Ford Escape next to a fuel pump at the Super C near Southwest Fifth and West A Streets.
He went into the store and left his keys in the ignition of his vehicle, Lincoln Police say.
While inside, the victim saw his vehicle driving away. He quickly left and caught up with the vehicle as it drove toward a dead end on B Street.
The victim was able to grab onto the vehicle as it turned around and started heading west on B Street, police say.
He tried to take control of the vehicle from the thief, who police think is a woman in her 20s, as the car reached speeds of about 30 mph.
The victim let go of the vehicle before it crashed into a van in a parking lot near South Folsom and B Streets.
Police say the victim then grabbed the woman by her sweatshirt and pulled her out of the car.
She left the area before officers arrived, according to police.
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.
Police estimate that the van had around $8,000 in damage and the Escape had $1,800.