A man was trying to stop a thief from stealing his van in Anaheim when he was run over and killed Tuesday, police said.

Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, 33, had attempted to stop a suspect from stealing his van about 6:20 a.m. on Melinda Circle at Elsiena Way, Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. It appears the victim was trying to get into the passenger seat when the thief was driving away and got run over, the sergeant said.

Berrelleza was pronounced dead at the scene, Carringer said.

Around two hours later, police found the van a mile and a half away and detained several people in the vehicle to determine if they were involved in the theft, Carringer said. No arrests had been reported as of early Tuesday evening.

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