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Linda Vista mom gets stolen car back

Posted at 12:06 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 15:06:13-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Brenda Gamino’s car is undrivable after it was found ditched in El Cajon a day after someone stole it from her Linda Vista home.

At the time, Gamino was upset about her children’s Christmas presents, which were still in the car when it was taken in early December.

Now, she’s got more problems -- Gamino’s car is missing the steering wheel, it won’t start, and the inside is trashed.

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“Everything that was in the glove compartment is gone. There’s nothing in there,” said Gamino.

After 10News’ story on Gamino’s ordeal, many viewers stepped in to help, bringing presents to make the holidays a little brighter for the family.

But the help from strangers didn’t end there.

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Gamino’s car has been at Western Towing for several days and she didn’t even know it, racking up a bill of $1,300.

Gamino does not have the money to pay the bill, but after hearing about her story, the towing company waived the fees.

The kindness is giving Gamino something to smile about as she prepares to tackle her next challenge figuring out what to do with her car now.

Gamino said that even after all that she and her family have been through recently, she’s grateful for all of the support they have received from the community.