Stolen then found, an Omaha car theft victim knows he is lucky to have his flatbed trailer and car back after a rocky 24 hours.
The victim said he last saw his flatbed truck and car Sunday December 29th after parking it at a hotel near 120th and L. Monday morning, December 30th, it was gone.
So he did what most people would do, he called the police.
"They put it out on the radio and that. And this tow truck driver found it," said the victim.
Over a scanner, Tow Pros truck driver Joseph Livingston heard the vehicle description.
"I heard that they were looking for a vehicle, and it was possibly stolen. So I came over the hill, and coming over the hill I saw the vehicle," said Livingston.
Right place, right time. While driving on 69th Street near Bedford Street, the tow truck and car sat parked. The victim said he knows why.
"It ran out of gas, and that's the only way they didn't get away with it," said the victim.
A few hours later the victim is back on 69th Street and Bedford Street, asking neighbors if they saw anything.
"I put the motor, transmission, rear end, brakes, everything, dash, doors, everything. I built it myself," said the victim.
To say the least, these two vehicles mean a lot. These cars are part of his livelihood.
"Yes I was supposed to start a job today," said the victim.
Instead of a job , it's off to the police crime lab, because inside there is evidence.
Before the crook or crooks took off, they left behind a few items, mostly tools. One of the tools is a blue Makita drill. Hand written across the base is the name "Brian McL." This is definitely something this victim is hoping police can use to track these thieves down.
In the meantime, this victim just wants to one thing to be said and it's to the tow truck driver who found the vehicles.
"I said thanks, thanks a lot," said the victim.
If you have any information about this crime, call Omaha Police anonymous tip line at 402-444-7867.