“Kind of felt like my heart sinking. I just also thought you know, there’s thieves out there and they don’t care,” he said.
Mendoza is heartbroken because he told News 4 he was planning on passing the car down to his two young sons.Now, the search for the car is over.
Authorities tell News 4 that Oklahoma City police recovered the vehicle on Tuesday after it was found in a field near S.E. 4th and Grand.Officials say the car was completely stripped when it was found. Investigators say the engine was missing, it was spray painted black and the windows were broken. Also, the alleged thieves destroyed the seats to eliminate finger prints. So far, police have arrested 30-year-old Kenneth Smith on one complaint of larceny of a vehicle. Authorities tell News 4 there are other persons of interest in the case, but no other arrests have been made.