The last four days have been hell. On Wednesday evening, I went to the parking lot to drive home and discovered someone had stolen my green Olds Alero
I remembered locking my car door that morning, but must have dropped or lost my keys, because they weren't in my purse later.
I called the police, and couldn't help crying when they arrived, and told them I didn't know what I was going to do, that I couldn't afford to buy another car right now. They were very sympathetic, and said they'd do the best they could to try and find it and get it back.
My friends and co-workers felt really bad for me, and were sending up prayers and positive thoughts that it could be found soon. I have insurance of course, but only liability, so would have to pay for a rental car out of pocket.
Four anxious and agonizing days went by, I felt so helpless, and I didn't know what was happening with my car, or where it was... or if it was at a chop shop. Even though it's almost 20 years old, it's still in good condition and drives well, and it's paid for of course.
After crying myself to sleep last night, I finally got a call this morning from the police that they had found my car. The thief was in a panic because she had run out of gas..... A policeman happened to drive by, and questioned her, and realized it was a stolen car when he checked the Vehicle Identification number and she had no license or registration.
Had to laugh because my old car has a lot of quirks that no one but me would know about.... like the gas gauge. Anytime the tank goes below half a tank, the needle always goes UP instead of down, lol... so if you're down to 1/4 of a tank, it will show as 3/4 full.... I was down to 1/4 of a tank at the time it was stolen, so the thief didn't think they needed to fill up! I'm so glad I never had the needle fixed... it got my car back for me! (It also has another quirk where the starter won't turn the engine over sometimes, and it appears dead... but that's just a lock in the vacuum hose, and I know to just tap the break 4 times and that seems to release the seal.... And also the "Engine Trouble - Consult Mechanic" light has been on for 6 years, but is just a bulb problem, lol)
What really made me laugh is that the policeman said "When we caught her, she was wearing your clothes, that you must have had in the back." I just laughed and "Oh no, those weren't mine...... they belonged to a 92 year old lady that I used to take care of, when her daughter needed a night out or something..... after she passed away her daughter asked if I could take this box of clothes to the Salvation Army." We laughed outloud for the longest time that the thief was wearing a 92 year old lady's stretchy pants who had had incontinence trouble before she died (they were washed of course before donating to Salvation Army, lol)
Anyway, I should get my car back in a few days... it was towed to a police lot that's open tomorrow, and then will have a mechanic look at it after that and make any repairs.
Just felt led to share this story, and hope it can help someone else to know that no matter what kind of an awful experience you may be going through, I believe you always have a guardian angel or angels looking after you, that can help you get through and survive anything! There's always light at the end of the tunnel..... If I hadn't found my car, maybe I would have been led to a better one. Anyway, just have to continue to trust in the power of the Universe that all will be well.