OKC Police Find Car Stolen From Grocery Store, No Arrests Made


Thursday, January 9th 2014, 4:43 pm
By: News 9


An Oklahoma City senior citizen, whose car was swiped while she was working at Wal-Mart, has been found, and it was all because of a report News 9 ran on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City police are yet to make any arrests in this case, but Darlene Garland is just glad to have her car back.

"I have it back, and it has four wheels and a motor," said Garland with a big smile on her face.

News 9 first brought you the story about Darlene's stolen car on Tuesday, after police released surveillance video of a woman they wanted to question about it, and who was seen getting into it, and driving away.

Garland says within hours of News 9's story running, she got a phone call from a police detective saying a woman had seen the news and called them claiming she had the car.

"I just think you all did a fabulous job because within 24 hours, I had my car back," said Garland. "And I don't know what I would have done if you all hadn't helped me."

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The police report states the woman who called them claimed she had traded in her old van for the silver 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, not knowing it was stolen. And whoever had it before her, obviously tried to disguise it.

"They painted the spoiler black, they painted the  tires and wheels black," said Garland. "They've messed with the front window. They took all the tags off."

As it turns out, they even tried to scratch off the Vehicle Identification number. But Darlene is looking at the bright side.

"I'll get it fixed," said Garland.

Garland just hopes police catch the person responsible, before he or she strikes again. She also wants to thank the woman who had her car, and called police.

"I feel sorry for her," said Garland. "Because now she doesn't have a vehicle, and she has children,"

Police are still looking for that woman in the surveillance video. They are also trying to track down the person who traded the car for the van. If you have any information that could help police with that, call Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300.