GREEN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two Green Valley residents are left without thousands of dollars worth of belongings after their car was stolen and later found abandoned in a ditch near a fire station --- and a neighbor's surveillance system caught it all on tape.
Marie Williams and her brother Tom Donley said officers with the Sahuarita Police Department came to their home on the 18000 block of South Berrybrooke Place on Tuesday at around 12:45 a.m. to let them know Donley's 2004 Ford Focus was found near the Green Valley Fire District Station No. 153.
According to spokesperson for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Cody Gress, deputies found the car crashed into some brush off on the side of the road near Abrego and Continental Road.
"Our units checked with the owners of the vehicle who then reported it stolen," said Gress.
The case was handed over to the Sahuarita Police Department.
Williams and Donley said someone used a crowbar to pry open a door on their second vehicle, a 2009 Hyundai Sonata.
"It angers me very much," said Williams. "We work hard for what we have and now these people damaged it. has about $5,000 he now doesn't have from work tools to my nephew's Xboxes were in the trunk. It's all gone."
SPD spokesperson Officer Kelsey Santos said there were five vehicles broken into Monday night on the same block and they believe all five are a part of this one incident.
Williams, who said she's extremely grateful to her neighbors for providing her with surveillance footage, is encouraging residents in Green Valley and Sahuarita to turn their lights on at night and to keep an open communication with neighbors to avoid incidents like this.
"Make it so that it's visible that if someone is awake at a late hour, they can see what's going on," said Williams. "If we all light it up and keep caution of what's going on, maybe we can stop this from happening."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sahuarita Police Department at (520) 344-7000