Crime Stoppers: Police release images of pickup involved in theft of $51,000 of tools

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- According to Lincoln Police, $51,272 worth of tools were stolen in a matter of minutes from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express on Wildcat Drive in north Lincoln.

Lincoln Police are asking for help identifying this pickup. They believe the pickup was used in the theft of $51,000 of tools.

The theft occurred on January 16, but police have released new surveillance images and new details in the case.

Police said the victim, who is a distributor for Snap-on Tools, was staying at the hotel with a trailer full of tools he was scheduled to deliver.

"When he parked the vehicle with the trailer at the Holiday Inn Express, he backed it up against a snowbank because it's a large trailer. And when he left the following morning, he realized the padlock of the trailer had been removed," said Lincoln Police Officer Chassidy Jackson Goodwin.

Police went back and reviewed surveillance video.

"Someone arrived in, we believe, a dark-colored Chevy pickup truck. They entered the lot around 4:50 in the morning. A short time later, there was about 1 to 2 individuals who were dropped off. We determined this because of the different footprints that were located in the snow," said Officer Jackson-Goodwin.

Police said the suspects worked quickly. After prying the lock off the trailer, they made trips loading the pickup with tools. Police said the suspects left the lot by 5:03 AM -- just 13 minutes after they arrived.

If you recognize the pickup, or know anything about this crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at 475-3600. You can also live an anonymous tip online here.