NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — North Las Vegas police are looking for thieves who stole an SUV Saturday then crashed the vehicle into a home and a residential gas line.

According to police, at approximately 3:52 p.m., the stolen SUV struck a home on the 4300 block of Acropolis Avenue, near the intersection of Valley Drive and El Campo Grande Avenue in North Las Vegas.

Photo: Madison Kimbro (KLAS)

Police said two people were inside the SUV — the homeowner said he saw three — but all the occupants bolted after the vehicle crashed and before officers arrived. Investigators said the SUV was stolen but its owners had not yet reported the theft to police. Officials believe the vehicle was stolen from a nearby apartment complex.

Jarrett Allen rents a home in the Maravilla Community near West Ann Road and North Decatur Boulevard. What he thought was noise generated by his son’s playing upstairs was really the stolen car crashing into the side of his house.

“I just heard a loud boom while washing dishes,” Allen said. “As I looked out of the window, I saw three young men running wearing ski masks, and then that’s when I noticed the vehicle was inside of the garage.”

Erica Morrison, who lives around the corner from Allen, said the incident is another reason their community needs more protection.

“We really could use a gate and speed bumps because we’ve got little kids running around in the neighborhood, and we constantly hear racing,” said Morrison.  

The house’s residents were not hurt and were moved from the home, and police said the vehicle struck a gas line. North Las Vegas fire crews responded to the scene, and officials from Southwest Gas also were notified about the collision, police said.