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Thieves target single mom's car in El Cajon

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Posted at 8:10 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 11:10:00-05

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A single mom's heart dropped when discovered her empty parking spot outside an El Cajon apartment.

Two days after Christmas, Heather Williams' holiday cheer vanished when she stepped outside her apartment on North Mollison Ave.

"I came out to go to the grocery store and just stared at the empty parking spot ... My world just started spinning," said Williams.

The 1997 white Honda Civic she bought used a few years ago was gone.

"I feel like a crappy mom. Someone took our vehicle," said Williams.

It's Williams' only vehicle. Her kids go to two different high schools in El Cajon.

"I have no way to get my kids to and from school. I don't know what I'm going to do," said Williams.

Williams also fears her son may have to quit his job at a bait and tackle shop in Lakeside. The car was his only means of getting to work.

"It's his dream job. He loves fishing ... He's very upset," said Williams.

Family members are also puzzled. Williams says she secured the car with an anti-theft gear shift lock.

"It covers the emergency break and extends to the gear shift. It's supposedly better than 'The Club' and how they got it off, I don't know," said Williams.

One possibility: the thief could have loaded the car onto a flatbed truck.

Willaims says there are two parrot stickers attached to the car, one on the back and one on the back windshield. The license plate of the stolen car is 3-T-M-J-2-9-5. Anyone with information is asked to call El Cajon Police at 619-579-3311.

A Gofundme campaign has been started to help purchase a new car.