OPD Helicopter Tracks Down Car Stolen At Gas Pump

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email
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A car stolen from a gas pump has now been found. The victim says it's all thanks to quick work by Omaha Police and WOWT 6.

We first introduced you to Bobbi Nelson on Tuesday night. Her car had been stolen right from the pump at a gas station at 132nd and Q. She had left her keys in the ignition while she ran into the store.

Witnesses say four young men drove up in a white Impala and took off with her car. She's been rattled and worried about her families safety ever since because that meant they had her personal information and garage door opener, so all she wanted to do was find the car.

Well early Wednesday morning there was a break in the case. An OPD helicopter spotted a car speeding. Listening to audio recorded inside ABLE 1 you can hear the pilot say, "We've got a vehicle that just got off 30th street that's been running about 110 miles per hour."

They figured out it matched the same description of Bobbi's stolen car. "I think yesterday there was a Toyota RAV4 that they were looking for and this maybe that vehicle."

OPD kept an eye on the car, until a suspect took off near 14th and Fort. "One party is running." Officers on the ground were able to catch that man, 18-year-old Joshua Holmes, and arrest him.

Holmes was booked for theft by receiving over $1, 500, obstructing, willful reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, not having a driver's license and for two misdemeanor warrants.

Bobbi couldn't believe it when she found out the news. She was shocked it happened so quick. "Kudos to OPD. Great job and thank you so much for putting me on your channel because if that made the difference then you know I am grateful and relieved to know that my car has been recovered." She also wanted to thank everyone who might have called in tips.

Her car remains at the police impound lot for now. The front bumper was damaged after the car hit a fence and tree. It's still up in the air what will happen next with her car, but what she does know, is that she got her sense of safety back.

"I am also relieved that the gentleman has been caught because now I feel much safer. I think I might be able to sleep tonight for the first time since this has happened."

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