Thieves' Mistake Gets Them Caught Stealing Construction Equipment in Omaha

Two men were arrested on May 15 for the theft of a construction vehicle.

Police said Robert Black and Shane Benscoter were booked at the Douglas County Department of Corrections for stealing a skid loader, worth $35,000 from a customer who was renting the machine from Hertz Equipment Rental.

"We've had skid loaders in the past, when they disappeared we usually don't get them back. It's a rarity that we get them back,” said Jack Lucas of Hertz.

Lucas said trying to track the two men down wasn't easy. He said they first stole the machine near 72nd and Ames, then hid it in a woman’s backyard near 60th and Taylor.

"She’d read off me the asset number that's painted on the side and I looked it up and I called her back and said, ‘Yep it's one of our customers.’ So, I called him, he ran over there and said, ‘Yep that's it.’ So, in the meantime, he said, ‘I don't have a trailer with me, so I'm going to go get a trailer.’ So he goes to get a trailer and in the meantime, they must have been watching him, he jumps back in it and takes off,” said Lucas of the situation that happened near 60th and Taylor.

He said their next hiding spot was near 24th and Newport.

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