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Thief runs over himself

Update, Tuesday 10:30 AM: New information on a thief run over by a U-Haul that he reportedly stole. We now have this guy's name.

The Palm Beach County sheriff's office tells us it all started when a man called 9-1-1 saying his U-Haul had been stolen. Deputies found the truck in Counterpoint Estates in Royal Palm Beach.

The man behind the wheel, 24-year-old Willie Lee Thomas, III, jumped out of the U-Haul with it still rolling. The van ran him over leaving him with injuries that eventually led to his death.

Police are still looking for the caller who initiated the manhunt and for any witnesses.

If you know anything, please call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Previously: A strange story leaves detectives with more questions than answers. A thief run over and killed by the U-Haul he just stolen. The person who reported it stolen is nowhere to be found.

Before the police tape went up and people started taking photos, a man called 9-1-1 saying his U-Haul had been stolen. He follows it, but keeps getting disconnected from dispatch.

Deputies find the U-Haul, but a supervisor warns to hang back because a gun might be involved and because police can't get a hold of the man who reported the van stolen.

The man behind the wheel jumped out of the U-Haul with it still rolling. It then runs him over leaving him with severe injuries. "His head injuries were so traumatic. They uncovered a handgun in one of his pockets. They thought he might have suffered a shotgun wound," says Sgt. Peter Palenzuela.

He died Monday night at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Meanwhile, detectives are looking for the man who initiated this entire thing.

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