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Hit and Run Frustrations

Gayle Riggs found and expensive dent in her van door while she had parked it on an Omaha street. A witness did see a pickup hit and run. However a license number doesn’t guarantee and arrest.

Gayle says, “It’s very frustrating when somebody does this and you got all the information and nothing comes of it.”
Police says it’s not for the lack of trying.

Accident investigator Joe Schenkelberg ran the plate got a name and went to the address on the registration. Officer Schenkelberg says, “I believed they used a phony address. I talked to the family that lived there the last seven years and they don’t know the person it was registered to.”

Omaha police investigate about 4,500 hit and run cases a year. They solve about 80 percent.

Sgt. Anthony Gutierrez says, “Even if you don’t get the whole license plate we may be able to finish out the numbers with a good description of the vehicle and driver.”

Sgt Gutierrez says when there’s not a serious accident to investigate about 10 accident investigators work almost full time on hit and run accidents.

As for Gayle’s case it will be reopened if the 1998 white Ford pickup, with a plate number believed to be REE-066, is spotted.


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