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Fort Wayne woman’s car stolen; has message for other drivers

Fort Wayne woman’s car stolen; has message for other drivers
Fort Wayne woman’s car stolen; has message for other drivers(WPTA)
Updated: Nov. 6, 2021 at 11:53 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne woman is reminding everyone to not leave their cars unattended while still running after her car was stolen as she picked up her son from a sitter.

Abigail Vanbuskirk left her 2014 Chevy Cruze running to make sure it stayed warm for when her 3-year-old son, Landon, got into the car.

When they got outside, the car was nowhere to be seen.

“I just bought that car not even a year ago,” Vanbuskirk said.

The car was parked at the home near the intersection of Curdes Avenue and Anthony Boulevard.

Vanbuskirk said that neighbors told her that they saw her car traveling east on Curdes.

“All my credit cards, my debit cards, my house key, my garage code, my apple watch, like there was so much stuff in there,” Vanbuskirk said. “You don’t realize how much stuff is in your car that’s actually important, like my kid’s shoes, all those things I have in there because it’s convenient when you have a kid.”

Instances like this are what police warn about every year. They say around this time of year they see more car thefts when people leave their running outside so that it can warm up, then the thief gets in and drives away.

Vanbuskirk said she told police that her car was taken, but it was even more difficult to tell her son what happened.

“We had to explain to him why the cops were here and it was kind of hard,” Vanbuskirk said.

As Vanbuskirk finds new ways to get around town, she hopes you don’t make the same mistake.

“Lock your cars,” Vanbuskirk said. “A lot of stuff is going on, I never would’ve thought my car would’ve been taken.”

Neighbors said there have been instances where items have been taken out of nearby cars.

Vanbuskirk asks that you give the Fort Wayne Police Department a call if you have any information.

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