Teens caught trying to steal car for social media challenge, Lincoln Police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two teens were caught trying to steal a car for a social media challenge, Lincoln Police say.

Around 5:00 p.m., officers arrived at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo parking lot and immediately took a 13 and 15-year-old into custody.

An investigation showed the teens had taken apart a Hyundai Santa Fe’s ignition in an attempt to start the vehicle, police say.

A witness told officers the two had been recording themselves while trying to steal the vehicle.

The teens admitted to officers they were taking part in a viral social media challenge, according to police.

Police say the teens also admitted to stealing a car back on July 9.

The teens were referred on suspicion of possession of burglars’ tools and theft by unlawful taking.

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