Stolen truck quickly recovered

Published: Jul. 29, 2011 at 1:20 AM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:51 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson is hosting the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships. But for one Arkansas family, the dream visit to the Capital City almost turned into a nightmare.

Djuana Cartillar and her 15-year-old daughter, Tori, came to Jackson from Wynne, Arkansas, looking for a win in the National Barrel Horse Association's biggest youth event, the Youth World Championships.

But their world was turned upside down when they went for lunch at IHOP on I-55 north Tuesday afternoon.

Cartillar said, "We had lunch. When we came out of the restaurant, our vehicle was gone."

It takes a big truck to haul around big cargo like horse trailers and campers and there are plenty of them at the state fairgrounds.

Unfortunately, police say trucks like Cartillar's Ford F-350 are hot targets for thieves.

Cartillar said, "He said that they can take a screw driver or ice pick and put it beside the lock and just hit it real hard and it will immediately unlock the lock,so they can take whatever they want out of a Ford truck."

Thieves took cash, a cell phone and other belongings, but most important to Cartillar was the paperwork for her daughter's horses and competition.

The distraught mother said she also reported the crime to Hinds County deputies on site at the coliseum.

Cartillar said, "And they were just outraged. We talked to a Captain Bailey. He was the first person here and he got out the car and said I'm gonna find you your truck and I'm gonna get it back."

By 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, Cartillar had her truck back. It was discovered abandoned at a Beasley Road carwash stall.

Lieutenant Jeffrey Scott said it's not the first time a stolen vehicle has turned up at that location.

Lt. Jeffrey Scott said, "We immediately went to some of the places where we thought they may be and, matter of fact, this is the first place where we checked and we found the truck."

Not only did Cartillar get her truck back, the important paperwork was recovered.

She said,"A good Samaritan actually got it out of the trash can and he called."

Quick action by law enforcement and an Arkansas family is made whole again to enjoy their stay in the Capital City.

Cartillar said she is thankful for "the entire sheriff's department's stellar job."

So far, there have been no arrests.

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