Stolen car set on fire in southeast Lincoln

Lincoln firefighters putting out a car fire at 80th and Myrtle Streets,
Lincoln firefighters putting out a car fire at 80th and Myrtle Streets,(10/11 NOW)
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 10:21 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 10:14 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lincoln Police Department believes a recently stolen car was purposely set on fire in southeast Lincoln.

At 11:30 p.m. on Monday, officers and Lincoln firefighters responded to 80th and Myrtle Streets on a report of a car fire.

Related: LPD investigating string of car fires in southeast Lincoln

LPD said investigators determined the burned vehicle had been reported stolen on Sunday from Rosewood Drive, a little over a mile from where the car was set on fire.

According to police, this is being investigated as an arson.

Anyone with information is asked to call (402) 441-6000 or Lincoln Crime Stoppers at (402) 475-3600.

Andrew Eastman said he’s the owner of the stolen car that was set on fire.

“I only have liability insurance, so insurance isn’t able to do anything for me,” Eastman said. “The worst part of it all is all of mine and my little brother’s fishing gear was in the trunk. All gone. We just came back from a fishing trip 7/23. The car was very reliable for me and my daughter. The car wasn’t much to some, but a big part in our means of transportation.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Eastman get another car and replace his fishing gear.

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