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Police arrested three people after a string of thefts from cars in south Lincoln on Sunday morning, including $2,500 worth of coupons for free smoothies.

The three were involved in multiple car thefts from 48th and A streets, stretching to 21st and E, Officer Angela Sands said Monday.

The first call came in about 7:20 a.m. when a 34-year-old woman reported she saw a blue Saturn stop near 21st and B streets. She witnessed two men rummage through cars while another man stayed in the Saturn.

A second call came in shortly after 8:30 a.m. near 48th and C streets. A 55-year-old woman reported she saw a man trying to enter her parked vehicle outside her house. After the woman tapped on a window, the man fled, Sands said.

Officers responding to the area found three men who matched the descriptions from both incidents.

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Sibit Koang, 26, was arrested and charged Monday with misdemeanor theft.

Chauncy Bentley, 21, was arrested on suspicion of accessory to a felony and possession of stolen property. He was found by police kneeling near a trash can, where he was attempting to hide a .380 handgun, Sands said.

He hasn't yet been charged.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of accessory to a felony, possession of stolen property and providing false information. He was sent to the Lancaster County Youth Services Center before being released to his mother.

Stolen items included cash, coins and other items totaling more than $350 and a box of free smoothie cards from Smoothie King. Sands said the cards, each worth $5, added up to $2,500.

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