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Tyler police: Man breaks into mom’s car, runs her over

It happened Thursday afternoon Nail was picking up four-year-old twins at Grace Pre-School. (Source: KLTV Staff) It happened Thursday afternoon Nail was picking up four-year-old twins at Grace Pre-School. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Nail is certain she locked her vehicle before going in to pick up her kids. (Source: KLTV Staff) Nail is certain she locked her vehicle before going in to pick up her kids. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas woman caught someone burglarizing her car, and now she's dealing with the aftermath.

Kyli Nail spent Monday morning having the locks changed on her house after her car was broken into last week and her purse was stolen. “It was very quick, very fast, it was very unexpected,” Nail said of the robbery. Her purse was taken with her license and a spare key to her home inside.

It happened Thursday afternoon when Nail was picking up four-year-old twins at Grace Pre-School on Old Jacksonville Highway. She says she wasn’t in the school very long because the checkout process only takes about five minutes. “I walked out, I saw a man in my car and my door was open,” Nail said.

When she realized what was happening, she attempted to stop the thief. “I was pounding on his door. I was yelling at him, 'Please don’t take my purse.' His side mirror hit my arm, and then he ran over my foot and when it threw me back on the ground, that’s when he pulled out and drove away,” Nail said.

Tyler Police Department spokesman Don Martin says the department gets reports of about 15 car break-ins a day. "Usually they break a window or they check the door to see if it's unlocked; if it's unlocked, they’re in your car,” Martin said.

Nail is certain she locked her vehicle before going in to pick up her kids. “He didn’t break the window, I don’t know how he got in so fast; they couldn’t find anything wrong with the car,” said Nail.

Martin says he checked with the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force to see if any type of electronic hacking device might have been used to unlock the car door. “We have no knowledge that that tool is being utilized here,” said Martin.

Nail said her phone and laptop were also in the car, so she’s thankful that only her purse was taken, but it’s a moment she’ll think about every time she steps out of her vehicle. “Even now, I stop to look if there is anybody there. Everything is different,” said Nail.

Nail was so close to the man that she was able to describe him. She says he was an African-American male, about 5'10", she believes. He was bald and appeared to weigh around 230 pounds. He was wearing khaki shorts, a royal blue shirt, and white shoes.  She said he drove off in an older navy blue four-door car, perhaps a Camry or similar car.

Police say if the thief is caught, he will face charges for both burglary and aggravated assault. If you have any information on this crime, please call Tyler police at (903) 531-1000.

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