Thieves Take Advantage of Unlocked Vehicles

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Police are investigating several cases where thieves took items from unlocked cars in an apartment complex and stole a car with keys left inside.

About 12:45 a.m. Friday, Lincoln Police were called to the 2600 block of West South Street after a report that men were entering several cars in the apartment complex. Callers reported the suspects left in a blue Chevy Blazer.

Police found several vehicles had been entered and items removed. Officers at the scene said this is a great example of why people should lock their cars whenever they park.

About 1:30 a.m. an officer spotted an SUV with its lights off, being chased by a blue Chevy Blazer near 1st and West O Streets. The officer followed the SUV until the driver and passenger jumped out of the rolling vehicle which bumped into a van parked at the loading dock at the People's City Mission.

Police chased the pair into a field east of the mission but lost sight of them. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the men.

Police contacted the owner of the SUV in the 2600 block of SW. 18th Street, who thought the car was in the driveway. The SUV had been left unlocked with the keys inside.