Thieves Smash Their Way Into West Omaha Cars

A woman finds her car, sitting right in her driveway, ransacked.

It's never the way you want to start your day.

"Shocked, upset, hurt, really disappointed and scared," said Courtney Hayduk, car owner.

Hayduk found her car with the windows smashed in on Friday morning.

The crook broke into the car overnight. When the first window didn't break, the person went to the second window smashing it with some kind of tool.

The thief nabbed Hayduk's purse, then quickly put what was inside to use.

Douglas County deputies have surveillance footage of a young woman using Hayduk's debit card at the Shell gas station on 138th and Manderson. The woman also used the card at the Bakers only a block away.

"In the one video she seemed kind of cool and collected, but in the other she did act kind of nervous," said Hayduk.

But then came some good out of it all. A good samaritan found her ID, along with several other IDs and a credit card, dropped in the Goodwill parking lot.

"Most people may have just picked it, thrown it away, picked it up taken it home, shredded it. She took the time to find us to call us, she was wonderful," said Laurie Hayduk, victim's mother.

Hayduk now knows to not leave anything of value in her car no matter the location.

"Not feeling safe anywhere, in my own neighborhood in my own drive way with my family sleeping. Ya know, it's not like I left my car in a parking lot, it was at my house," said Hayduk.

Hayduk wasn't the only victim in her neighborhood just off 174th and Q, at least two other cars were hit.

If you have any information on this crime, pick up the phone and call the Douglas County Sheriff's office. The anonymous tip line is 444-6000. They do offer rewards for tips that lead to arrests.


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