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Woman tracks stolen car to 3 locations, no luck getting it back

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 23:54:03-05

TULSA, Okla. — A woman develops her detective skills as she tracks down her stolen car.

D. Ortiz has been tipped off multiple times to different locations around Tulsa. She even picked up surveillance video of her car driven around by someone else, but it is not enough.

"We work so hard to have what little we do, for a criminal to just come and take what doesn't belong."

On Dec. 26, Ortiz's 2015 white Buick Lacrosse was stolen from the Arvest bank on East 31 Street and South Mingo Road.

"The doors were unlocked. They actually started pulling on the doors."

She saw could tell from the bank's cameras.

The next day, while driving, Ortiz spotted her car on the road. She says it pulled out of East Central High School.

“We followed it, I called the cops."

It was too late. The car took off. Ortiz went back to the school. They gave her access to their footage.

"I went to the school and I showed them and told them everything. We looked at the video and I gave them the time. 4:35 is the time they pulled out beside us."

A few days go by when Ortiz is tipped off to her car passing through two stores in the area.

They are leads that seem to be more of a tease. The videos show small glimpses of her car and nothing at all on the driver.

"I’m in shock that a car can be driven all over town and be stolen. It's been three weeks, but no one has been able to report it or find it?"

Inside her car she had some personal items including her grandma's canes.

"That car I used to take my grandma on errands, on the weekends. Now, that changes everything."

The plate number is IWM914.

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