Man struck twice by van while trying to thwart tire theft

By WEEK Producer

March 24, 2014 Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria man who tried to stop a tire theft over the weekend was struck by a van twice by the alleged perpetrators.

The 45 year-old victim told authorities that he was working at a business across the street from Barney's Towing when he saw a van driving slowly down the alley.

Eventually, the vehicle stopped and two men started to remove the tires from a pickup truck sitting in Barney's lot. The victim approached them and asked if they had permission to be in the yard. The suspects allegedly gave him conflicting answers.

While the victim was standing behind the van, the driver backed into him, causing him to fall. The victim said he got up and got in front of the vehicle. The van struck him again and he fell onto the hood, denting it.

The suspects fled the scene north on Adams Street. The victim was not seriously injured.

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