After rough 2020, local vet’s car is stolen just as he’s getting back on his feet

“I’m out here trying to work and make ends meet, and someone takes my one resource I have.”

Local veteran's vehicle stolen while he was working

UPDATE: After our story aired Monday night, the widow of a fallen officer sent in a donation to help Donald Spears, the local veteran whose car was stolen.

According to Sam Landis, president and executive director of Maslow’s Army, Spears received a Dodge Durango as well as his old car payment of $7,000 paid off in its entirety. Spears will also receive new tools valued at $1,500.

Donald Spears receiving a car from a widow of a fallen officer after his was stolen in Covington days before.
Donald Spears receiving a car from a widow of a fallen officer after his was stolen in Covington days before. (Source: Provided)

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COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - Police are sending out a warning to lock your doors after seeing a rise in car thefts.

It’s a painful lesson one local veteran experienced first hand after his car was stolen Sunday night while he was working.

Donald Spears is just getting back on his feet after a stretch of homelessness. He was working for DoorDash picking up an order when he walked back to his car in Covington — and it was gone.

Spears says he was only inside the restaurant, Mac’s Pizza Pub, for a few minutes.

“The angst washed over me,” he said of his reaction afterward. “I was like, I can’t believe this is happening right now. I was like, this is ridiculous. I’m out here trying to work and make ends meet, and someone takes my one resource I have.”

The seven-year army veteran who formerly had a six-figure salary as a network engineer lost his job during the pandemic. A father-of-three, he recently spent time living out of his car.

Help from Maslow’s Army set him on a new track in the new year. He got a new job, which he starts next week, and has been able to secure housing.

But now with his car gone, he says he feels like it’s back to square one.

“It’s my lifeline to everything,” he said of his car. ‘I don’t have money to put a down payment, and I don’t have the credit to get one financed.”

Maslow’s Army is offering a $500 reward to anyone who has information leading them to the 2004 White Buick Lesabre.

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