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OK candidate's car stolen while campaigning

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Posted at 12:31 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 13:31:45-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state Legislature candidate says his car was stolen while he campaigned door-to-door in a residential area in Oklahoma City.

KFOR-TV reports that House of Representatives candidate Forrest Bennett was knocking on doors Saturday morning when he turned around and noticed his vehicle was gone.

Bennett says he left his white Toyota sedan car running while talking to a constituent on a front porch for no longer than a minute.

Bennett says the car contained a lot of his campaign materials, including a banner, cards and buttons. It also contained a key to the P.O. Box from which he receives campaign contributions.

Bennett says the situation explains his stance on improving neighborhood safety and decreasing crime.

If you’ve seen a white 1995 Toyota Avalon with a license plate number of 549DW, please call Oklahoma City police.

According to KFOR in OKC, there is a $2,000.00 reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle.

The reward is being offered by fellow democratic candidate Jess Eddy.

“I was greatly dismayed to hear that my democratic opponent, Forrest Bennett’s car was stolen recently. I would like to see his car returned so that he may continue to fully engage Democratic voters in our House District. I don’t want to have an advantage in this way. I appreciated Mr. Bennett’s compassionate words for the perpetrator of this crime, and I want to help in the effort recover his car. I know that Mr. Bennett would do the same for
me. It is embedded in the Oklahoma Democratic spirit to have good will towards all and to help our fellow Oklahomans in times of need. Mr. Bennett and I are putting our careers on hold to pursue good for our community and our State, and I can appreciate that the loss of a car has a significant impact on his finances and daily life. A vehicle is for most of us one of our largest investments as I know it is for Mr. Bennett and myself. I can only hope that the reward is a large enough incentive for a member of our community to report information on this crime.”