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Theft victims search for stolen work trucks

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 19:41:51-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Theft victims need your help tracking down their stolen trucks. These trucks are more than a ride, they need them to work.

Two men say they had their trucks with their work tools in them stolen from apartment complex parking lots in the metro.

The first happened sometime over the weekend. Robert Cortez said he came to check on his work truck outside his apartment near 144th & Giles St. and noticed it was gone.

"It's like a guy's mobile tool box you know. You got everything in there you use to make a living to take care of your family and your kids and I don't think people realize what they do to somebody when they take that from you and you just feel empty like there's nothing you can do,” Cortez explained.

Josh McIntosh had his stolen while at a job site off of Broadway in Council Bluffs on Sunday.

Both posted on social media to alert others.

“Several times over the past months we have investigated small clusters where work trucks and construction type of equipment is stolen out of trucks and trailers. We have not seen an increase in these types of thefts overall. They are fairly consistent,” said the Omaha Police Auto Theft Unit.

McIntosh says his truck turned up at an impound lot but all the tools were gone. Cortez is still looking for his.

OPD says the majority of thefts are crimes of opportunity and work trucks provide easy access to tools that are hard to trace. They suggest writing down serial numbers of your tools and putting identifying marks on them.