Car thieves cruising for vehicles left running find one in an unexpected place. But they're not so lucky about getting away undetected.
When a mechanic leaves an empty car running to see how it runs, opportunistic thieves slip in for a test drive and they're not coming back.
Sarpy County Sheriff's detective Kevin Jones says, "Daylight hours just driving by. Didn’t seem to be in hurry or anything. Just walked up to the car jumped in and took off."
Security cameras capture the thieves pulling up in a silver vehicle. One suspect approaches the running car but looks around to see if the coast is clear before rushing behind the wheel. The two vehicles leave the auto repair shop parking lot and go west on Giles.
Fortunately the business neighbor has a good security camera system like this that gives a good look at the auto theft in progress. Investigators hope someone will recognize the suspect’s car.
The trucking firm has security cameras covering most of the parking lot. Mike McAvoy says, "it’s like having a German Sheppard, you know people see it they won't bother you. But it didn't work in this case I guess."
Another angle gives investigators a good look at the suspect's car though too wide for a license plate close-up.
Mike McAvoy says, " I’d say they're an idiot because cameras are everywhere now."
Days after stealing the car thieves abandoned it on the interstate. But it’s not a closed case because the suspects are likely cruising for more.
The owner of the auto repair shop declined to go on camera. But tells fact finders he is installing security cameras of his own and making other changes to prevent theft.
If you have any information of the suspects call Sarpy county crime stoppers at 592-stop