A pickup truck belonging to Matthew and Linzy Behrs was stolen from in front of their residence at Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.
Linzy Behrs heard noises, looked out the window and saw two men loading the truck onto a dolly. She called 911.
The couple said they were upset with the response received from the 911 dispatcher.
“Linzy told the dispatcher the truck was being stolen and gave him all the information,” Matthew said. “Then the dispatcher said, ‘So what’s going on with the truck? Is it being repoed?’”
Linzy said she told the dispatcher, “No, I told you, it’s being stolen.” At which point the dispatcher had her go through all of the information a second time, she said. By the time the dispatcher was done, the thieves had left with the pickup, she said.
The truck was found abandoned by police only a few minutes later on Sabino Street, near South Pacific Street and Grand Avenue. Apparently the thieves failed to secure the dolly properly to their getaway vehicle, and the truck and dolly came loose and careened into a vacant lot.
Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said the dispatcher had dispatched police six minutes after receiving the 911 call, and that police arrived on the scene only two minutes after that.
“It’s important for the safety of officers being dispatched for the dispatcher to obtain all information regarding the incident,” Gold said.
“I’m grateful that we got our truck back,” said Matthew Behrs. “I think the police were doing their best. I just wish they could have gotten here sooner — they probably would have seen the truck going down the road.”
Gold said he’s seen no trend in auto thefts lately.