Drug Arrest Helps Police Solve Theft Cases

It's a mistake everyone makes from time to time. Leaving valuables inside cars and trucks is a risk.

Brandi Hawkinson said she's guilty of it too. A year ago thieves stole her truck. When it was found by police, all her valuables were gone including her driver's license. She'd left the license in the cup holder.

"I did because it was the only vehicle I ever drove, didn't want to keep taking it in and out," said Hawkinson.

On September 7th, Hawkinson's license resurfaced. Police arrested this Andrea Becerra at a Walmart for drug possession. When they searched her, they found more than drugs.

Police found six drivers licenses; one was an Iowa license and five were Nebraska licenses.

A stolen license belonging to another girl popped up too. She wished to stay anonymous, but said her car was also broken into over a year ago.

At the time, police didn't give her much hope of it being found.

"Because I had no suspects, no witness, all we could do is if we find it, we find it," said the girl.

Both girls agree, one simple lesson is easily learned from this experience.

"Don't leave anything in your truck that is valuable," said Hawkinson.

Police said if valuable must be left in the car, put them out of sight and inside a compartment that locks, like a trunk or console.

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