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Crook fails to hot-wire truck but still does damage

Crook fails to hot-wire truck but still does damage

OMAHA, Neb. (FOX42KPTM) — John Linke said he never thought it would happen to his truck.

"The ignition was torn apart, car won't start," said Linke.

He says a crook broke into his truck early Tuesday morning in central Omaha.

Once inside, the bad guy didn't get away with the truck, instead the crook left a mess of wires.

"I had to find another means for my grandkids to get to school," said Linke.

Perry Soule specializes in fixing cars with damage like this. He says over the years, technology has changed things.

"They can twist a few wires together to bypass the security, but it doesn't work that way," said Soule, who owns Steering Column Repairs in Omaha.

He says for the most part, crooks can't hot-wire and steal modern cars anymore. They need a key with a computer chip inside to be successful.

"The computer will not allow the car to get fuel and spark in, and it will not allow it to crank," said Soule.

He says it's what kept Linke's truck from being stolen, but it doesn't mean you should lower your guard.

Soule says he's seen damage like this totaling hundreds or even thousands. He says all you can do is try to park your car in a safe place.

Linke says he's now speaking with his insurance about the needed repairs. He says the whole situation is disheartening.

"They tried to take the vehicle, and there was no way they were going to get it.. so it's just vandalism, it's just really sad."

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