‘You can’t keep any­thing un­locked’

SUV theft leaves Kingston woman feel­ing un­easy

Annapolis Valley Register - - X NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KINGSTON ath­omp­son@kingscountynews.ca

A Kingston woman is still try­ing to come to terms with the fact her ve­hi­cle was stolen right from her yard in Jan­uary.

The woman, who did not wish to be identified due to the cir­cum­stances, went out to start her car shortly af­ter 7 a.m. on Jan. 25 only to dis­cover it was miss­ing.

“I had to stop and think for a minute. I hon­estly thought I was go­ing crazy,” she said, adding she spent a few mo­ments try­ing to think of where the fully loaded Ford SUV could pos­si­bly be. “I came back in­side and I went and woke my sis­ter up and I asked her if she knew where my car was.”

She went back out­side to look around the yard of her home in Raven­wood Sub­di­vi­sion and found pieces of the ve­hi­cle by some nearby trees as well as tracks across a neigh­bour’s lawn.

The ve­hi­cle was later found off the aban­doned rail­road tracks be­hind the Tim Hor­ton’s in Kingston.

“They ended up writ­ing my ve­hi­cle off,” she said, not­ing that po­lice have told her there are sus­pects but no charges have been laid yet. “The whole frame of my car was lit­er­ally try­ing to come right through my trunk.”

In the days that fol­lowed, she learned she was not alone as a vic­tim of theft. She said she heard of sev­eral other peo­ple in Kings County who had items taken from their cars, and some even had recre­ational mo­tor ve­hi­cles or items stored in out­build­ings stolen.

“The whole thing just gives you an un­easy feel­ing. Lock your ve­hi­cles and lock up any valu­able things,” she said, not­ing that she used to feel safe leav­ing her ve­hi­cle un­locked but she’ll never do it again. “You can’t keep any­thing un­locked.”

The theft has cre­ated some fi­nan­cial set­backs as the lo­cal woman deals with in­sur­ance com­pa­nies in an ef­fort to ac­quire a re­place­ment for the 2013 SUV she pur­chased when it was brand new.

“It’s pretty sad what the world is com­ing to. I loved my car,” she said. “It’s been a heck of a ride. There’s so much has­sle and headache.”

There has, how­ever, been a sur­pris­ing sil­ver lin­ing. Hun­dreds of peo­ple shared a Face­book post she cre­ated in an ef­fort to find her miss­ing SUV fol­low­ing the theft, and many of­fered help­ful words of en­cour­age­ment. “In a small com­mu­nity just know­ing that there’s peo­ple that care and will keep an eye out for you and your things ... that’s what re­ally blew me away.”

SUB­MIT­TED

This SUV was stolen from a res­i­dence in Raven­wood Sub­di­vi­sion in late Jan­uary and later lo­cated near the aban­doned rail­road tracks that run be­hind Tim Hor­tons in Kingston.

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The SUV was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged fol­low­ing the theft.

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