Stolen SUV From East Ridge Recovered In Chattanooga

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Updated: 1/15/2013 9:23 am
Heather Blanken, an East Ridge resident, says, "I was like, oh my God, where did you find it? Is everything ok?"

They are questions Blanken never thought she would get the chance to ask.

Blanken adds, "That was when I was jumping for joy around the living room."

Her 2003 Chevy Tahoe is now back in her driveway, after four long days.

A person caught on camera, stole the vehicle last week while the Blanken's were warming it up.

Patricia Cassidy, Blanken's Mother, adds, "That is just insane. I just can't believe it."

But what baffles them even more is this.

On Saturday, Chattanooga Police found the SUV less than 5 miles from their East Ridge home on Tomahawk Trail.

It was sitting in the middle of the road with expired plates on it.

An officer turned his blue lights on, and when he did, three men and one woman jumped out and ran.

Blanken says, "He tried his hardest to get them because when we got there, he was covered in mud from head to toe. I felt sorry for him."

But they all got away.

The Blanken's say they are just happy they're vehicle is pretty much in tact, minus a row of seats and few other things.

Blanken adds, "They left one golf club out of the whole set, and the dvd player."

The Blanken's did discover a gas can inside, which lead them to believe they were trying to avoid gas stations.

Now, even though the four suspects are not caught, the Blanken's say they can start putting they're life back together, and advocate for more patrols in the city of East Ridge, so this does not happen in the first place.

Cassidy adds, "Start patrolling more, that's what you get paid for, protect and serve, hello."

The Blanken's tell us another vehicle used in the theft of their Tahoe was also recovered by Chattanooga Police this weekend.
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heather42 - 1/16/2013 1:57 PM
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Joann- i know all about remote start in cars/trucks. However i don't appreicate your rude comment, i never expected the police to patrol while i have my car started in the morning. I used to start my car every morning to warm it up out of habbit. i learned my lesson to never do it again, so please keep your rude comments to yourself.

Joann - 1/14/2013 7:23 PM
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Get a security starter on your vehicle. You can start it from the inside of your house, the car stays locked, and an alarm will go off and the engine shuts off if anyone tries to take it. Best investment we ever did. We didn't have our truck a week before some boys tried to steal it. Thanks to a very loud security system and it shutting off they didn't get it. Police can not be there everytime you start your car in the morning.
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