Man in Lincoln apparently used fake bird droppings to help him steal wallet from man, attempt to take necklace from woman

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A man apparently squirted a slimy substance that mimicked bird droppings on people as a ruse in order to try to steal their personal belongings, Lincoln police said.

At 2:10 p.m. Sunday, police said, a man was exiting Russ’s Market at 66th and O Streets when he felt someone touch his shoulder. He turned around and observed a man trying to tell him he had “bird poop” on him. The man leaving the store said his pants felt wet and the other man was wiping them off with one hand while his other hand was on his shoulder. The man later discovered his chain necklace was missing.

Sunday evening, two people who left the Hy-Vee at 50th and O Streets an hour apart reported that they felt a slimy substance on their heads.

A man who exited the store at 5:30 p.m. told police he felt something land on his head and thought it was bird droppings. Soon after, a man came up and helped wipe it off his head with a paper towel.

The man who had been “helped” later noticed his wallet was gone and that his credit cards had been used at various stores.

About 6:30 p.m., a woman left the Hy-Vee and felt something hit her head. A man approached her, told her it was bird poop and began wiping her neck. The woman became suspicious because the slime was green and smelled of vinegar. She also noticed the man was attempting to take her necklace.

The woman told the man to stop and that she didn’t need his help.

Lincoln police still are looking for the “helper.” The two people at Hy-Vee described him as a Middle Eastern man in his 30s who is 5-foot-10 and 160 lbs. and who was wearing camouflage pants or shorts. They both said the man spoke in broken English.

The man whose necklace was stolen at Russ’s Market said he thought the thief was Hispanic. He, too, said the man spoke in broken English.