A man who was trying to stop a thief from stealing his van in Anaheim was killed when the motorist apparently ran him over Tuesday, police said.

The victim was attempting to stop a suspect from stealing his van at 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, Carringer said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Carringer said.

About two hours later police found the van about a mile and a half away, and detained several people in the vehicle to determine if they were involved in the theft, Carringer said.

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