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Teenager captured after falling from stolen truck while fleeing, Lincoln police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – Lincoln police made an arrest for a string of truck thefts early Monday morning.

At around 5 a.m., a 45-year-old man awoke to the sound of his Chevy Silverado pulling away from his home near Southwest 9th Street and West Denton Road.

Police say the truck was later seen leaving its driveway.

The man got into another vehicle and began following the thief until he lost the truck around 32nd Street and Pine Lake Road.

Officers later saw the Silverado driving “at high speed” behind another truck, a Ford F-150 that had been reported stolen in July, police say.

The man eventually returned to his home and called the police after seeing the F-150 parked on the street.

One person was later seen fleeing the truck, police say.

When officers arrived, they found a third stolen truck, a GMC Sierra, which was parked next to the F-150.

Officers tried to talk to the Sierra’s driver, but he walked away.

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Jesse Mora-Tapia, 19, then ran from a nearby yard and jumped into the back of the truck, police say.

But once the truck accelerated, Mora-Tapia fell and officers took him into custody.

Officers searched Mora-Tapia and found the keys to the stolen Silverado, according to police.

He was arrested on charges of burglary, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, and trespassing.

An investigation is underway and anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

Police say all three stolen trucks were left unlocked with the keys inside.

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