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Mother tracks down car stolen from daycare with GPS

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 1:02 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2017 at 9:02 PM EDT
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MARIEMONT, OH (FOX19) - A Tri-State Mother tracked down her own missing car thanks to the help of the GPS she had installed on her vehicle.

"I was shocked when he told me [the car had GPS], but I was so happy because I found my car," Tania Hinkston said.

Hinkston was dropping her son off at daycare when her car was stolen from outside the building.

"I run outside like, did I park it somewhere else?" Hinkston said.

It turns out the car was parked on Grove Avenue in Mariemont, where neighbors told police an intoxicated woman had wiped her fingerprints off the steering wheel, door handles and trunk.

Hinkston arrived at the address where police had been called thanks to the GPS on the vehicle.

"Somebody had already called and reported the car, so they were there thinking it was just a parking ticket," said Hinkston. "When I came, they were like 'what's going on, why are you here' and I'm like... well this is my car it was stolen this morning."

According to court documents, Stacey Spenner was arrested for receiving stolen property, and in the Mariemont Police report she is quoted telling officers "I walked for 12 to 15 hours in the cold and nobody would help me."

Spenner, from Amelia, will now face a fourth degree felony charge.

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