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Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson suffers attempted auto theft

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Gayle Benson, the owner of the NFL team New Orleans Saints and the NBA team New Orleans Pelicans, recently became a victim of an automobile theft attempt. Luckily, the 73-year-old businesswoman was unharmed and the perpetrators failed to steal her vehicle.

Man tries to steal Gayle Benson’s car while she was sitting inside

The incident took place on South Claiborne Avenue at around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday,10th October when Gayle Benson was sitting in her car. According to the official report of the New Orleans Police Department, Benson was at the backseat of her car, waiting for her driver who was nearby.

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Gayle Benson, the Saints and Pelicans owner was inside her car during the attempted theft. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

Around 2:15 pm, a white coloured Nissan Titan parked next to Benson’s car in the 6200 block of South Claiborne Avenue. The Nissan driver got out of his car and got inside Benson’s vehicle but after she screamed for help, the perpetrator escaped the scene.

Currently, there are no suspects for the car theft attempt, but the NOPD are conducting investigations to find out the intruder. The police have also declined to term the incident as ‘carjacking’ as they did not find any evidence that the perpetrator realized Benson was sitting in her car during the theft attempt.

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“While she was very shaken at the time, she was unharmed and is doing fine,” said Greg Bensel, the Saints and Pelicans senior vice president of communications.

“She wanted to send her sincere gratitude to the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department that responded so quickly and professionally,” Bensel added.

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Gayle Benson took the ownership of Saints and Pelicans in 2018 after the death of her husband Tom.

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Gayle and her late husband Tom Benson. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

The Saints are currently on 1st position in NFL’s National Football Conference (NFC) South Division, while the Pelicans finished 5th in the Southwest Divison and 13th in the Western Conference in the 2019-20 NBA season.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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