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Van Theft Leaves Children Without Ride To School


UPDATED: Monday February 11, 2013 6:40 PM

On the west side of Columbus, Shawna Staub was left without a vehicle, and her children were left with no way to go to school.

10TV News discovered there has been an uptick in car thefts on the west side, which is why Staub’s kids were unable to attend school Monday.

“I had just gotten it fixed, I've only been driving it for a week now,” she said of the minivan stolen from outside of her home Sunday.

The van was recovered on Monday afternoon.

She was in her home when her neighbor’s security cameras picked up two people at about 4 a.m.

The two walked past every other car on this street, making a beeline for her minivan.

“I felt targeted, they came straight for my vehicle,” Staub said. “I feel violated.”

Halfway through the heist, something caught the thieves’ attention, causing them to briefly leave the vehicle, however they returned to finish the job.

“They've worked on it for so long, they decided that they just had to have it,” Staub said.

Within 14 minutes of entering the minivan, they left the scene with the vehicle.

Staub said with the van went her children’s ride to school and transportation for her ex to get to work, where he earns the child support money she needs.

“I worked hard for that, I owned that,” she said. “It was mine, and they took it.”

Police are sending out a warning tonight to residents on the west side of Columbus, an area that has been a hot spot for car thefts recently.

If it isn't found, Staub said it would be a long time before she can afford another vehicle.

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