OKLAHOMA CITY – A tip from a viewer helps reunite an elderly Oklahoma City woman with her stolen car.
An alleged crook stole the car from a handicapped parking spot at Wal-Mart while the victim was inside, putting in a hard day’s work.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma City police released surveillance video of the theft.
After NewsChannel 4 aired that video on Tuesday, a woman called police saying she had recently traded her van for the stolen car, without realizing the car was stolen.
That phone call helped return the missing vehicle to the victim.
“You all do a good job,” said Darlene Garland, the victim. “If I had to look for it, I’d still be looking.”
Whoever stole the car painted the wheels and spoiler black, damaged the window and removed the tags to disguise it.
“They did some damage to it,” said Garland. “I’m glad I have it back but in another way, I’m not.”
The woman seen in the surveillance video, who Garland claims also shoplifted from the store after allegedly stealing her car, has not been caught.
Garland hopes that changes before someone else falls victim.
“If she’ll steal mine, she’ll steal anybody’s,” said Garland. “We shouldn’t have to worry about that but we do.”
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact police.