UPDATE: Police pursuit in north Lincoln

Posted By: Jenn Schanz

Police are urging Lincoln drivers not to leave their cars unattended while warming up.

Dat Nguyen learned that lesson the hard way Monday morning.

“I came out to go to work and they stole my car. But I just forgot to lock the door,” he says. 

According to police, that’s how 23–year–old Shawn Scaggs was able to steal it.

They say Scaggs took it from Nyguen’s home near 33rd and O around 6:30, and led police on a chase.

According to officers, acruiserr had to crash into Nguygen’s car to stop it.

They say that’s when Scaggs took off on foot.

“While police were searching the area, the man stole a second vehicle. Also left running warming up,” says Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department. 

The second vehicle stolen was green van.

Police say Scaggs again, led them on a pursuit, and again, ditched the vehicle and took off running.

With the help of the Nebraska State Patrol and a canine unit, Scaggs was arrested near Peter Pan Park.

He’s facing Felony Theft, Attempted Assault on an Officer and Fleeing to Avoid Arrest, among other charges.

I spoke to neighbors in the area; they say Monday’s commotion is a wake–up call.

“That makes me really nervous because um, I know a lot of people do that on our block. I used to do that. I recently got a remote car starter and that’s probably the only reason I will continue to do that,” says Steph Pistillo, who lives nearby. 

Nguyen says he’s going to look into get a remote starter, so this never happens again.

Public Safety Director Tom Casady says since Dec. 1st, nine cars have been stolen while left unattended, warming up.