‘You can’t keep anything unlocked’
SUV theft leaves Kingston woman feeling uneasy
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.”
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.
The SUV was significantly damaged following the theft.