UPDATE: Police believe they have found the stolen SUV. Police say pilots with the Omaha Police Helicopter, Able-1, followed a car that was going 100 mph Wednesday morning. The helicopter spotted the SUV near 14th and Fort. Police said the driver got out of the SUV while it was still moving. The SUV went through a fence and hit a tree. Police took 18-year-old Joshua Holmes into custody. He was booked for Theft by Receiving over $1500, Obstructing, Willful Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, No Operator's License and two misdemeanor warrants.
By: Melina Matthes
MILLARD (KPTM) - Targeted while fueling up. An Omaha woman turns her back for just a few seconds at the pump and thieves get away with her brand new SUV.
Now police are on the look out for a silver 2013 Toyota Rav4. The license plate number is SPJ 891.
Fox 42 spoke with the owner who said she's shocked something like this happened in Millard.
She said she was pumping gas at the Bucky's off 135th and "Q." She was distracted for about 30 seconds, but in that little amount of time, she said the man jumped into her driver's seat and took off.
Omaha police said Bobbi Nelson was targeted at the gas station. Thieves took advantage of her while she was fueling up. She said she turned her back for just a moment when someone hopped in and took her SUV for a joyride. "I feel very violated."
She said it happened so fast, the gas pump ripped out of her fuel tank. "The gas was flowing everywhere and all I know is from somebody who saw, there was a white Impala with four young Caucasians in it, males…and one must of jumped out and grabbed the car in the mean time," Nelson said.
Now she's frustrated, not only with herself but also with Bucky's. "The person at the cash register said "we have cameras, don't worry, we have cameras, don't worry." I think she told me that three times which calmed me down for a minute until she realized after calling her manager that there was no cameras."
The manager at Bucky's said they only have surveillance video inside their store, not outside.
Surrounding businesses had cameras pointing toward the gas station but not one recorded the theft.
Omaha police officer James Shade said having a camera is good but aiming it in the right places is essential. "Make sure your cameras are placed in good lighting locations and at proper levels so that we can get a good shot of the suspects not just an overhead shot of the business," he said.
But officer Shade said being aware is the best way to protect yourself. "Crime happens everywhere in every part of the city so don't make yourself a soft target, pay attention to your surroundings and not only help yourself out but help your neighbors out, if you see something suspicious call it in right away."
Nelson said she just recently bought the Rav4, a little over a month ago now, so she already had license plates put on. She also said she had several bright white flower stickers on the back passenger windows.
In addition, the SUV does not have a tire on the back, but it does have a sunroof. If you see it call crime stoppers at 444-stop.
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