ENID, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman is accused of stealing from a cancer patient.
Jana Cowan says when a good friend called saying she had no place else to go, she didn’t think twice before letting the woman into her home.
However, she learned the hard way that it wasn’t the best thing to do.
“I brought her in my home willingly because I thought that was the godly thing to do,” Cowan said.
She allowed the woman to stay in her apartment for four days before she realized her friend’s problems were more serious than she thought.
After asking the woman to leave, Cowan says she noticed a set of car keys missing.
One week after her friend left, she stepped out of her apartment to find her car gone.
“I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest because instantly I had a good idea who took it,” Cowan said.
Her friend denied taking it, but Saturday afternoon Joanna Silva was arrested in Enid when she was found with Cowan’s car.
“My heart is broken because I can’t believe that she would be able to do that to me,” Cowan said.
Cowan says she has known Joanna for a long time and says the girl even called her “mom.”
Cowan is a full time student and is also undergoing treatment for cancer.
She says she relies on that car and will now have to pay to get it out of impound and have it towed back home.
She says she will think twice before helping someone again.
“If you bring people in your home, you never realize what those people can do to you. So be careful about what you do and how you do it.”