Police Search for Two Men Accused of Stealing Three Cars

By: Melina Matthes

Three vehicles were stolen, all within a few miles of each other.  Police said the incidents are related and the two men accused are on the loose tonight.

Police said the suspects almost stole a fourth vehicle but the owner noticed them rummaging through his car and scared them off.

Three cars stolen within a three mile radius, one smashes into a light pole.

According to Lincoln police, the first vehicle stolen was a green Mazda 626 that was taken near 48th and Highway Two.

It was later dumped near 70th and South.  Police say the suspects then stole the second vehicle, a 1992 maroon Dodge pick up, a few blocks east, just before four this morning.

Evelina Strilkivsky said she heard the suspects talking about taking her dad's truck. 

“I was sleeping, the truck was right by my room and the window was open and I heard it like 3:45 around that time,” said Strilkivsky.  “I got up and didn't know what was going on.  Two guys were outside and they had a little conversation going on and they wanted to take the truck.”

They took it.  And police say the two suspects drove it into a light pole near 51st and Old Cheney.

Officer Katie Flood said, “A man relayed that he was drinking his coffee when he suddenly heard the sound of tires squealing on Old Cheney and then a loud crash…that stolen vehicle had struck a light pole.”

Jeffrey Kelley, a neighbor, said, “My neighbor over here said that he saw a couple of males bolt out of the truck and run south on Queens Drive here.”

Police said the suspects ran one block west were they stole a third car, a 2003 gray Toyota Corolla.

It was later found abandoned with a flat tire on Preston Street which is near 33rd and Old Cheney.  Police describe the two as white males in their early to mid 20's.

One is approximately 5 feet nine inches, 150 pounds.

Both were seen wearing gray hooded sweatshirts and jeans.  One was carrying a backpack.

Those living in the area want answers and at this time police have no suspects.

Police urge anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (402) 475-3600.