The rightful owner of a stolen truck is looking for a bold thief who wasn’t deterred by a security camera.
The surveillance video shows the thief crossing 17th Street around 9 o'clock Monday night. He jumped a barbed wire fence, rolled over the top and got tangled in the jagged barbs. He ripped off part of his flannel shirt and moved on.
Jason Hatcher, of Hatcher Mobile Services, said, “I had somebody try to break in here a couple of months ago, into the building, and we deterred them with security lights and cameras but wasn't able to catch anybody on that one.”
Within seconds of clearing the fence at Hatcher's shop the truck thief was nearly caught when an Omaha Police cruiser drove by. The thief then made his way to Hatcher’s work truck, which was unlocked. He backed into the gate to ram it open. Sparks flew from the pavement and he was gone.
A day later you could still see the mangled mess left behind where the fence was rammed.
Hatcher said, “He didn't care if the cop had seen him and he did get caught. He just happened to be missed, get missed.”
Hatcher understands the officer in the patrol car didn't see the suspect clear the fence but he is frustrated officers didn't respond more quickly.
Omaha Police say the call was initially a stolen auto in progress which is automatically a two unit call but after that it's up to them, how they respond.
Hatcher just needs his work truck back.
The truck is described as blue with a white cab and a fairly unique utility rack. It might have damage to the rear from breaking through the fence.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or you can use the link on our Crime Stoppers page.