COLUMBUS Ga.- A local mother says she’s still in shock after her car was stolen from her drive way. She had a 2013 bronze Kia forte with Georgia plates…stolen in broad daylight.
Brandi Dawson-king was caught off guard Wednesday morning once when she realized her car was gone.
“My son called me on the phone thinking that I had left the house, but I was actually in the bed sleep and so he called me looking for me because he looked out the window just watching the cars pass by and didn’t see my car,” said King.
King says her son has a special need which makes things a lot harder.
King said, “This is what I use to take care of my child and take care of my child and take him to his doctor’s appointments. I mean he has special needs and I was just shocked.”
King is a blogger and she says she turned to Facebook because she knows how helpful her online network could be.
Sergeant Gerald Williams from the Auto Theft Unit of the Columbus Police Department says there have been 62 cases of auto theft during the month of May.
“If the keys are available of course they are going to take the car. If the keys aren’t available and there are some valuables in there then of course they’ll take the valuables,” said Williams.
Columbus police say there are two things that you can do to prevent your car or truck from being stolen. Never leave your keys in the ignition and make sure all your doors are locked and secured.
Meanwhile, king says she plans on moving to Atlanta because she no longer feels at peace in her community.
“I’ve talked to the insurance company and they told me about the replacement plans if possible, we don’t even know if it’s possible yet. And at this point in time I’m ready to leave,” said King.
Columbus police also say if you see someone in the act of breaking in your car, don’t approach them…. Shout or yell to scare them off and then immediately call 9-1-1.
Police said an investigation is still ongoing and that they usually are able to recover stolen cars within a couple days.