Two suspected burglars gave police a hand Wednesday by leaving their getaway vehicle in the middle of a busy street. Investigators say it was abandoned at 51st and Center.
The pickup involved was first spotted by police at 60th and Center. They believed it had been involved in an attempted break-in at South 102nd and Grover streets.
“We were just sitting in the living room, noticed there was a green truck in the driveway, just things looked different," said Heidi Flaming. She and her husband were suspicious so they went outside for a better look “and the guy was going over to the garage and putting his shoulder in and pushed open the door. My husband was able to get the license plate and I got to see a good picture of their faces and then they took off."
That information helped police spot the truck and a chase followed.
Omaha Police Sgt. Mike Hearty said the fleeing thieves “ended up losing control and the occupants fled on foot to this area near 50th and Pine. We were able to apprehend one of the suspects."
Thirty-two-year-old Brandon Miedl was booked on two counts of burglary, theft by receiving and felony flight to avoid arrest.
The neighborhood was prepared. “We've already gotten together and had like a little barbecue just to talk about how we can keep safety going on in our neighborhood," said Heidi.
Neighbors have been on alert since some car break-ins about a year-and-a-half ago.