Man in Lincoln tries to steal a pickup truck but can’t work the gear shift and gets caught

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a failed attempt to steal a pickup truck left running outside a Lincoln convenience store.

Around 5 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to reports of two men fighting at a Casey’s General Store, 5500 Superior St.

An employee for General Excavating, a Lincoln utility contractor, told police that he left his pickup truck, with an attached snowplow blade, unlocked and running while he went inside the store. When he came out of the Casey’s, police said, he spotted a man in the driver’s seat trying to manipulate the gear shift.

The General Excavating worker removed the man from the pickup, took him inside the store and asked the employee to call 911, police said. The would-be pickup thief broke free and fled from the store, officers said.

Police said they found the man at a nearby bus stop, where he was uncooperative and refused to give his name. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft.

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