Update: Victim Recovers Stolen SUV


An Omaha woman has recovered her stolen SUV after a report from WOWT 6 News.

Bonny O'Brien says it was after we shared her story, that a viewer spotted the vehicle in Council Bluffs. O'Brien shared her lesson learned after her car was stolen Friday morning.

We've all heard the dangers of starting your car and leaving it to warm up, but she found out in this case, it doesn't take long.

In this winter weather, it makes sense to warm up your car, but leaving it unattended, is another thing.

"I unlocked it, and I started it up. I quickly scraped the windows," said O'Brien, recalling the events from Friday morning.

O'Brien thought her car would be alright for just a few seconds.

She only went back about 30 feet to the front door to get her 3-year-old son.

"The next thing I heard was a car door, and I turned around and saw the gentleman peeling out of my driveway, backwards onto the street," O'Brien said.

The suspect was fast. He left tire tracks.

O'Brien's neighbor did catch the event with surveillance video. The video shows a dark-colored truck dropping off the suspect who got in her SUV and fled. Unfortunately, the suspect was out of the camera's view.

O'Brien asked for our help finding her green 1998 GMC Jimmy SLS.

A couple of decals from the band, "The Sick Puppies," were on the back window.

O'Brien says it had almost no gas in it, so the suspect couldn't have gone far, unless he stopped to fill it up.

Her car and house keys were together in the ignition.

O'Brien's husband was busy Friday, changing the locks to the house doors.

O'Brien is just glad now things didn't go worse.

"Thankfully, I had not put my son in and then thought, 'Oh I forgot something! Because I don't know what I would have done if he had taken off with my child," she says.

O'Brien is handing her SUV over to the police, hoping they can find the suspect by taking fingerprints.

O'Brien adds in light of these and other events, they're planning on starting a neighborhood watch.


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